Removable partial dentures and quality of life

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This review of the effect of removable partial dentures (RPDs) on quality of life included 16 studies mainly retrospective and cross-sectional providing limited evidence of any association association between patient-reported QoL or satisfaction with technical or biological parameters of RPDs.

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 Shortened dental arch: impact on oral health-related quality of life

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This review of the impact on oral health related quality of life (OHRQoL) linked with maintaining or restoring a shortened dental arch found limited evidence from 3 studies suggesting a benefit for OHRQoL with maintaining rather than restoring a the SDA with a removable partial dental prosthesis.

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Orthodontic treatment outcomes for cleft lip and palate patients

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4o studies were included in this scoping review of orthodontic outcomes used with cleft lip and palate patients. The majority (68%) relate to morphological features of maloclussion with on 3 addressing quality of life issues and 2 health service utilisation.

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Mandibular implant overdentures: Impact on patient based outcomes.

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Mark-Steven Howe writes his debut blog on an updated review by Kodoma et al on the efficacy of the mandibular 2-implant overdenture.

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Oral health-related quality of life improved in children following dental treatment under general anaesthesia.

The authors suggest a number of factors that may lead to increased prevalence, including depression, childhood trauma, low self-esteem and genetic risk.

20 studies were identified for this review of oral health related quality of life in children following general anaesthetic (GA). While a majority demonstrated an improvement following GA most are based on convenience samples and are of limited quality so more high quality research is needed.

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Oral Health in nursing homes: education for staff and residents

All the evidence relates to care homes and there is hardly any evidence for any other setting.

9 trials were included in this Cochrane review of oral health education & training for care home residents & staff . These trials provided insufficient evidence from which to draw evidence about the effects of the interventions so more high quality studies are needed.

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Periodontal disease and quality of life

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Eight different assessment tools were used to assess quality of life for this review of the impact of periodontal disease on quality of life. 28 out of 37 studies reported a significant effect with 8 studies reporting an increasing impact with greater disease severity or extent.

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Impact of malocclusion on oral health related quality of life is small

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40 cross-sectional studies involving a range or oral health related quality of life measures were included in this review. They found that malocclusion has a small impact on oral health related quality of life.

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Shortened dental arch and oral health related quality of life

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The concept of the shortened dental arch was first raised as a concept 30 years ago, with the WHO endorsing a functional dentition of 20 functional teeth without resorting to a prosthesis. This large cross-sectional study from Brazil suggests that having a shortened dental arch does not have any significant impact on oral health related quality of life.

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Study finds better oral hygiene improved oral lichen planus

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This small randomised trial found improvements in quality of life for patients with oral lichen planus at both 4 weeks and 20 weeks following implementation of a structured oral hygiene instruction.

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