Nursing home oral health care measures and pneumonia

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This Cochrane review update of the effects of oral care measures in preventing nursing home-acquired pneumonia inlides 6 RCTs. Low-certainty evidence suggests that professional oral care may reduce mortality compared to usual care when measured at 24 months but evidence for other effects is inconclusive.

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Pre-treatment mouthwash to reduce patient to dentist infections

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This Cochrane review of the effects of preprocedural mouth rinses used in dental clinics to minimise incidence of infection in dental healthcare providers included 17 RCTs. The studies measured only reduction in level of bacterial contamination in aerosols with no studies evaluating viral or fungal contamination.The evidence was of low or very low certainty.

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Oral health self-care behaviours in people with a serious mental illness

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This review of the of oral health self-care behaviours in people with serious mental illness (SMI) included 33 studies. Most of the included studies (18) were cross-sectional and a mjority (20)were considered to be of weak design.

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Top Dental Elf Blogs: Apr – Jun 2021

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Blogs on alveolar ridge preservation techniques, rubber dam and restoration survival and curcumin mouthwashes were the most popular topics between April and June of 2021.

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Curcumin as an adjunct to scaling and root planing for chronic periodontitis

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This review of the effectiveness of oral curcumin products in reducing gingival inflammation and probing pocket depth in adults included 27 RCTs.The findings suggest that curcumin products were as effective as other products. However, a majority of the studies are small and none are at low risk of bias.

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Curcumin mouthwashes for plaque and gingivitis

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This review of the efficacy of curcumin mouthwash on plaque and gingivitis in comparison with chlorhexidine included 6 RCTs. While the findings suggest that curcumin mouthwashes have promising anti-plaque and anti-gingivitis properties 5 of the 6 studies were at high risk of bias.

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Dental risk and precautions during the COVID-19 pandemic

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In this blog Manas Dave takes a look at another review of the risk and precautions for dental setting during this COVID-19 pandemic.

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COVID-19 transmission risk and protective protocols in dentistry

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In this blog Manas Dave looks at a review of the risk of transmission of COVID-19 during dental treatment and pathways and protective protocols to minimise this included 39 papers. While helpful the review has some limitations and our unserstanding of both the disease and its management continues to change rapidly.

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Propolis-based mouthwashes

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This review evaluating the evidence regarding the efficacy of propolis-based mouthwash on dental plaque and gingival inflammation included 9 RCTs. While the findings suggest potential benefit from propolis-based mouthwash the quality of the available evidence is very low and additional high quality studies are needed to assess any benefits.

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Triphala mouthwash for plaque-induced gingivitis

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This review of the efficacy of Triphala and chlorhexidine mouthwash in the treatment of plaque-induced gingivitis included 7 RCTs involving a total of 1270 patients. However most of the studies are of short duration at at high to medium risk of bias.

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