Malocclusion: review finds that it has an adverse effect on quality of life


Following on from a review we looked at earlier in the week about the impact of orthodontic treatment on quality of life we look at a review considering whether malocclusion affects quality of life. 6 studies were included and malocclusion was considered to have a negative impact.

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Orthodontic research is currently using a narrow range of outcome domains


This new review looked a 6 main outcome domains in orthodontic research and found that 3 domains (quality of life, health service resource utilization, and adverse effects of treatment.) that could provide useful insight were infrequently evaluated.

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Orthodontic treatment: Does it improve quality of life for patients?

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Orthodontic treatment is considered to have an impact on an individuals quality of life. This review focuses on the studies using the Oral Health Impact Profile-14 as a measurement tool. A small number of studies were included in a meta-analysis which identified significant improvement in the OHIP-14 scores.

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Review suggests a modest quality of life benefit from orthodontic treatment


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


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


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


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


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


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…]