Fluoride varnish for caries prevention in pre-school children

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This review of the effectiveness of fluoride varnish in reducing the risk of new caries in primary teeth included 20 studies suggesting modest effects in pre-school children.

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Using data to inform suicide and self-harm prevention #SelfHarmData

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Karen Wetherall summarises the new NatCen report on suicide and self-harm in Britain: researching risk and resilience using UK surveys.

Follow #SelfHarmData on Twitter for all the discussions from the ‘Using data to inform suicide and self-harm prevention’ event in London.

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How can we prevent depression in young adults?

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Mental Health Masters Students from UCL explore a recent systematic review and meta-analysis of interventions to prevent depression in young adults. The review finds some evidence for the effectiveness of preventative interventions in reducing depressive symptoms in young adults, but the evidence in this area remains weak.

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Top Dental Elf Blogs: Sep – Dec 2018

The National Elf Service aims to close the gap between research and practice.

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Between September and December 2018 our most popular blogs considered guidelines for non-restorative options for caries management , orthodontic management of the developing dentition and aligners for orthodontic treatment.

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Top Dental Elf Blogs: Jan – Apr 2018

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Between January and April 2018 our most popular blogs considered restorations in primary teeth,digital impressions, root canal irrigants and fissure sealants.

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Evidence-based school-based mental health programmes; the extent of their implementation worldwide

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Tamsin Ford considers a literature review of the scope, scale, and dose of the world’s largest school-based mental health programmes, which suggests that evidence-based programmes have reached millions of children worldwide, but mainly in high income countries.

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Preventing mental illness, at long last

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Peter Byrne, the Public Mental Health lead at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, welcomes a new BMA report entitled: “Tackling the Causes – promoting public mental health and investing in prevention”.

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Oral care for nursing home residents

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This Cochrane review of the effects of oral care on prevention of nursing home acquired pneumonia included 4 RCTs providing low quality evidence that oral care may reduce mortality.

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Proximal caries: seal or infiltrate early lesions?

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This review of micro-invasive treatments for proximal caries included 13 split-mouth RCTs. There was moderate quality evidence to support sealing in infiltration of early proximal caries compared with non-invasive treatments such as diet and bio-film management and topical fluorides.

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Silver diamine fluoride for caries prevention in primary teeth

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Four RCTs were included in this review of silver diamine fluoride (SDF) for the prevention of caries in primary teeth. Meta-analysis involving 2 of the studies suggest a preventive fraction = 77.5% (95%CI; 67.8– 87.2%)

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