Re-opening of dental services: A rapid review of international sources -update

This paper is not a systematic review. It is a carefully considered review of key literature from one expert’s perspective and is therefore prone to bias.

Mark-Steven Howe looks at this update of a rapid review of internationssl recommendations for re-opening of dental services published just 10 days after the first review and including a further 5 international guidelines.

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COVID-19 Dental Elf blogs

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On this page we have compiled all our dental blogs related to the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS- CoV-2) or COVID-19 outbreak.

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Re-opening of dental services: A rapid review of international sources

Systematic reviews of antidepressants have found beneficial effects overall on depressive symptoms and suicidality in adults and in children.

Mark-Steven Howe looks at this rapid review of recommendations for re-opening dental services following changes to dental services as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Orthodontic anchorage: mini-screws or conventional appliances?

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This review of mini-screws for orthodontic anchorage included 7 small RCTs of variable quality with the findings suggesting that mini-screws are more effective than conventional approaches

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Class III malocclusion: early treatment with facemask beneficial

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This review of the early treatment of class III malocclusion identified 15 studies (9 RCTs, 6 CCTs) providing moderate quality evidence that early treatment with a facemask results in positive improvement for both skeletal and dental effects in the short term.

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Second group of reviewers find some evidence for use of facemask for class III malocclusions

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The aim of this review was to evaluate the short-term skeletal effects of facemask treatment on growing Class III patients. Searches were conducted in PubMed, Medline, Embase, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, Web of Science, LILACS, and Google Scholar. Randomised controlled trials (RCTs) conducted on growing class III patients using protraction facemask were included. [read the full story…]

Some evidence to support use of facemask appliance for class III malocclusions

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Prominent lower front teeth (reverse bite; under bite; Class III malocclusion) are more common in oriental (15%) and black races (10%) and relatively uncommon in Caucasian (4%) populations. Several orthodontic approaches have been suggested to correct this and the aim of this Cochrane review was to assess the effects of orthodontic treatment for prominent lower [read the full story…]