Oral mucositis: Risk factors in paediatric oncology patients

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

Manas Dave takes a look at this review aiming to identify the potential risk factors associated with the development of oral mucositis in paediatric patients. While a range of risk factos are higlighted it is worth noting that 80-100% of all children having chemotherapy experience some degree of mucositis.

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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…]

Rubber dam use for children's dental treatment reduced patient and operator stress


Rubber dam is recommended for isolating the working field during adhesive dentistry procedures. However, dentists often omit rubber dam, particularly in paediatric dentistry, supposing that it would stress the patient. The aim of this study was to evaluate subjective and objective stress parameters in children and adolescents during dental treatment when using rubber dam compared [read the full story…]

Hall Technique for carious primary molars outperformed standard restorations at 5 years

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In the Hall Technique  carious primary molars are managed by sealing decay under preformed metal crowns without any caries removal, tooth preparation, or local anaesthesia.  The aim of the study was to compare the clinical/radiographic failure rates of the Hall Technique (HT) against General Dental Practitioners’ (GDPs) standard (control) restorations. This split-mouth study involved 132 [read the full story…]