School-based oral health education only has short term impact

The review found that adding family-based interventions to school-based interventions may reduce the onset of smoking by 4-25%.

This review of school-based oral health education included 12 trials and found it was effective in reducing plaque accumulation over a short period. there was no long-term evidence on the effectiveness.

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Insufficient evidence for the efficacy of primary school-based behavioural interventions for reducing caries

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This new Cochrane review looked at school-based interventions aimed at changing behaviour related to toothbrushing habits and the frequency of consumption of cariogenic food and drink in children between the ages of 4 and 12 years. The Cochrane Oral Health Group’s Trials Register, and Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) ,Medline, Embase, CINAHL, PsycINFO, [read the full story…]

School- based trial shows benefit of sealants for caries prevention in high-risk population at 1 year

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Fissure sealants have been available since the 1960’s  and a 2008 Cochrane review by  Ahovuo-Saloranta et al  highlighted their effectiveness for preventing occlusal caries noting that their effectiveness is obvious in high caries risk children.   The aim of this new study by Muller-Bolla  et al, was to assess their effectiveness in a school-based dental sealant [read the full story…]