The use of motivational interviewing to improve oral health has potential but needs more research


The use of motivational interviewing is increasing in dentistry and the recent SIGN guideline (Dental Elf  18th March 2014)  recommended that  oral health promotion interventions should be based on recognised health behaviour theory and models such as motivational interviewing. The aim of this review was to analyze the effectiveness of motivational interviewing in changing oral [read the full story…]

Limited evidence on the benefit of providing oral healthcare education to care home nurses on their attitude and their oral hygiene care skills


Oral care is an important element of care for older people in care homes as oral health is often poor and can deteriorate rapidly causing pain discomfort and impacting on nutrition and quality of life.  With growing numbers of older people this is an area of increasing demand. This aim of the review was to [read the full story…]

Review suggests that motivational interviewing may have potential for improving oral health


Good oral health can be achieved and maintained by compliance with preventive and curative measures and effective self-care. However, adherence to positive behaviours such as toothbrushing, interdental cleaning, smoking cessation and good dietary habits can be variable.  Traditional approaches of patient education revolve around disseminating information and normative advice.  Increasingly the use of motivational interviewing [read the full story…]

Oral Health Care of People with Learning Disabilities – updated guidance


Updated Clinical Guidelines and Integrated Care Pathways for the Oral Health Care of People with Learning Disabilities are now available from the British Society for Disability and Oral Health (BSDH). These guidelines were originally a joint
 initiative between the Development Group
 for Community Dental Practice of the Faculty of Dental Surgery of The Royal College [read the full story…]

Implementation of an oral health care protocol led to short term improvements in care home residents


With an increasing proportion of the population living longer and retaining their teeth into old age ensuring that they are maintained in good oral health is important. However,the literature indicates that the oral health of older people in care homes is poor.  The aim of this study was to assess the effectiveness of an Oral [read the full story…]

Tailored approaches to oral health education for non surgical periodontal treatment are cost effective


This cost effectiveness study is based on a data from a randomised controlled trial published by Jönsson et al (2010), that trial compared an individually tailored oral health educational programme (ITOHEP) on periodontal health with a standard oral health educational programme. and found, ITOHEP intervention in combination with scaling is preferable to the standard programme [read the full story…]

Providing mothers with information on managing teething symptoms reduced medication use


The appearance of primary teeth ( teething) is a natural process  yet for many years it has been associated with a range of health problems in infants and young children. It also causes worry an anxiety for parents.   The authors aimed to assess the impact of providing  information on teething and its management  as part [read the full story…]

Text messaging may improve oral health knowledge, attitudes and practices


The aim of this study was to compare the effectiveness of delivery oral health messages by text messages and pamphlets to mothers of pre-school children. The study was conducted in India and restricted to mothers with mobile phones who could speak English. Mothers were randomised to received 3 text messages per day ( text message [read the full story…]

Prenatal education reduced mutans streptococci levels and sugar intake

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Mutans streptococci (mutans)  have an important role in dental caries. Individuals having high levels of these organisms being considered to be a higher risk of  disease.  The aim of this study was to assess the effectiveness of a prenatal nutrition intervention to reduce sugar intake and mutans in  low-income women. Pregnant women ≥18 years of [read the full story…]

Oral health advice for people with serious mental illness

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The aim of this review from the Cochrane Schizophrenia Group was to assess the effectiveness of oral health advice in reducing morbidity, mortality and preserving the quality of life in people with serious mental illness. A number of studies have found links between mental health problems and poor oral health and we have higlighted some [read the full story…]