Adolescent friendships predict later resilient functioning

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Simon Brett looks at a recent study in Psychological Medicine which suggests that adolescent friendships predict later resilient functioning across psychosocial domains in a healthy community cohort, whereas family support does not predict later resilience.

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Satisfaction with orthodontic treatment

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This review of satisfaction with orthodontic treatment included 18 questionnaire-based studies, involving 2891 patients and 464 parents. Based on the available limited evidence, satisfaction was associated with perceived aesthetic outcomes, psychological benefits, and the quality of care.

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Patients showed a preference to retain a tooth affected by apical periodontitis

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Apical periodontitis (AP) is a common dental problem and can be treated by root canal treatment (RoCT) or extraction.  The aim of this survey for to explore patients’ preferences for management of a tooth affected by AP, when considering its retention via RoCT, its extraction without replacement, or its replacement with an implant supported crown [read the full story…]

Treatment under general anaesthesia improved quality of life for children with early childhood caries

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Despite improvements in oral health in many countries early childhood caries (ECC) remains the most common reason for hospital admissions for paediatric patients.  Children with ECC have a lower oral-health-related quality of  life (OHRQoL).  The aim of this study was to see whether dental treatment of young Auckland children under GA improved oral-health-related quality of [read the full story…]