Peer support for physical health improvement: recovering ‘stolen years’?


Lucy Simons discusses whether peer support interventions can help to provide physical health improvements for people living with severe mental illness.

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Nutrition interventions for people with severe mental illness: do we need more dieticians?


Elena Marcus considers a brand new systematic review, which evaluates the impact of nutrition interventions for people with severe mental illness.

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Mandibular implant overdentures: effect on nutritional status may be limited

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This review considered the effect of mandibular implant overdentures on the nutrition and nutritional status of older adults. Six small studies were included, overdentures were not seen to have an effect on BMI, albumin or vitamin B12 six months
 after treatment.

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Detailed review finds that restricting free sugar intake reduces caries development

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Over the years a large number of reports have been conducted into the links between sugar and dental caries.  In 2002 the Joint WHO/FAO Expert Consultation on ‘Diet, Nutrition and the Prevention of Chronic Diseases’ (WHO/FAO 2003), recommendation that free sugars should provide no more than 10% of Energy (E), was largely based on data [read the full story…]

Trial shows that implant overdentures did not result in better dietary intake than conventional dentures at 12 months


Studies have shown that edentate patients have poorer nutrition than those with no teeth The main aim of this study was to assess whether mandibular two-implant overdentures (IODs) improved the nutritional status of older people compared with those wearing a conventional denture (CD). Patients over the age of 65 who had been edentate for a [read the full story…]

Use of infant nutrition guidance did not lead to a significant reduction in early childhood caries


Early childhood caries remains a significant problem in many parts of the world and has been defined by the American Dental Association as:- the presence of one or more decayed (non-cavitated or cavitated lesions), missing (due to caries) or filled tooth surfaces in any primary tooth in a preschool-age child between birth and 71 months [read the full story…]

Trail suggests no difference in food choices and nutrient intake in older adults with conventional denture or implant-retained overdentures


Evidence suggests that dietary intake and nutritional status of complete denture wearers is poorer than dentate patients of similar age, and implant retained dentures are considered to improve the retention and stability of complete dentures. The aim of this study was to compare dietary intake in edentulous adults with conventional dentures compared with implant-retained dentures. [read the full story…]

Review revisits old evidence linking vitamin D and dental caries and suggests there may be a benefit


A link between vitamin D and dental caries was suggested back in the 1920s as it has an important role in calcium and phosphate metabolism.  The aim of this study was to review the available trial data on supplementation with vitamin D for dental caries prevention compared with no such supplementation, in any population. The [read the full story…]

Implant overdentures do not have a more positive effect on the nutritional state of elderly at 12 months


As teeth are lost masticatory efficiency declines and this may have a negative impact on diet which may be of particular relevance in older people.  The aim of this trial  was to assess the effects of mandibular  implant overdentures (IODs) on the nutritional status of an edentate elderly population. Participants were randomized to  receive  either  [read the full story…]

Implant overdentures may not improve the nutritional state of elderly edentate individuals

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The aim of this study was to see whether the provision of simple mandibular implant overdentures (IODs) to elderly individuals would give them a significantly better nutritional profile than those who receive complete dentures (CDs). The authors randomised two hundred fifty-five edentate patients over 65 yrs were to receive maxillary CDs and mandibular IODs (n [read the full story…]