Review suggests a modest quality of life benefit from orthodontic treatment

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There is increasing interest in patient reported outcomes (PROMs) from health care interventions. Oral health–related quality of life (OHRQoL) has been defined as, ‘the absence of negative impacts of oral conditions on social life and a positive sense of dentofacial self-confidence’ and a number of validated tools are available. The aim of this review was [read the full story…]

Review reiterates that certain features of dental neglect are clearly identifiable

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Sadly child mistreatment, including abuse and neglect are a reality in society.  In the UK, dental neglect has been defined as,  ‘‘the persistent failure to meet a child’s basic oral health needs, likely to result in the serious impairment of a child’s oral or general health and development’’.  The aim of this review was to identify [read the full story…]

Oral cancer support needs are highly subjective and varied in severity across the cancer continuum

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Worldwide oral and oropharyngeal cancer is the 6th most common cancer. Treatment often affects the individuals’ ability to eat, speak and interact with others and so is associated with significant physical and psychological burdens.  This review aimed to describe the quality of life (QoL) outcomes and support needs in patients with oral cancer along the [read the full story…]

Simplified technique for complete denture fabrication had no adverse effect on Patient satisfaction or quality of life

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Back in February of this year we reported on the rests of a trial that compared he masticatory performance and ability of a simplified technique for complete denture fabrication with a conventional technique.(Dental Elf 25th Feb 2013). This paper presents the oral health-related quality of life (OHRQoL) including patient satisfaction and denture quality. 42 patents [read the full story…]

Absence of evidence on quality of life after different treatment options for fracture of mandibular condyles

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Fractures of the mandibular condyle account for between a quarter and a third of mandibular fractures. However, there is still controversy about the best method of treatment . A recent meta-analysis by Kyas et al ( Dental Elf 20Apr 2012)  suggested that open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) may be as good if not better [read the full story…]

Limited evidence shows a positive benefit on quality of life from restoring missing teeth

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Tooth loss can have important physiologic and social impacts and a strong association has been shown between tooth loss and impaired oral health–related quality of life (OHRQoL).  The aim of this review was to see whether oral rehabilitation following total or partial tooth loss had an impact on  (OHRQoL). PubMed, the Cochrane Central Registry of [read the full story…]

Tongue protector and topical aloe vera for treatment of burning mouth syndrome

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Burning mouth syndrome (BMS) presents as a subjective burning sensation of the tongue, lips or entire oral cavity, but does not manifest any objective lesions or laboratory test findings.  BMS is more common in middle-aged to elderly age groups. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of a tongue protector in combination [read the full story…]

Chewing ability and oral condition were the determinants of denture satisfaction best associated with oral health-related quality of life

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The need to use patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) is increasingly recognised.  Patients satisfaction and oral health-related quality of life are two such measure . The main aim of this study was to evaluate  the level of association between patients’ denture satisfaction and oral health-related quality of life (OHRQoL) in edentate patients, and to identify [read the full story…]

Use of sugar free gum may have potential benefits for oral health of older people

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The aim of this study was to determine the effects of sugar-free chewing gum on the oral health and quality of life of dentate older people living in the community and attending for routine dental care. What did they do Participants aged 60 years and over with a minimum of 6 natural teeth living independently [read the full story…]

Periodontal treatment can moderately improve quality of life

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Traditionally the response of periodontal disease to treatment has most commonly been measured using the surrogate markers of; bleeding on probing (BOP); pocket probing depth (PPD) and clinical attachment loss (CAL).  This review aims to review whether a patient orientation measure (POEM) such as quality of life can measure the effect of treatment. What did [read the full story…]