Fluorescence devices for caries detection

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This Cochrane diagnostic test accuracy review of fluorescence-based devices for the detection and diagnosis of enamel caries included 131 studies with 114 datasets from 79 studies contributing to the meta-analyses.

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Root caries: detection and diagnosis

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This Cochrane review assessing the diagnostic test accuracy of index tests for the detection and diagnosis of root caries in adults included 4 studies and 4997 root surfaces. The studies were all at high risk of bias meaning the available evidence is of very low certainty

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Dental bleaching in-office: What concentration of hydrogen peroxide?

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This review of difference concentrations of hydrogen peroxide for in-office dental bleaching on colour change and bleaching sensitivity included 25 RCTs. The findings indicate that low and medium hydrogen peroxide concentrations had lower risk and intensity of bleaching sensitivity and no difference in colour change efficacy compared with high concentrations.

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Optical fluorescence imaging in oral cancer and potentially malignant disorders

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Manas Dave looks at a recent review of which considers the efficacy of optical fluorescence imaging as an adjunct to clinical oral examination for the detection of oral mucosal lesions. The review includes 27 studies and provides evidence to support additional high quality studies to assess its effectiveness.

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Saliva in the diagnosis of COVID-19

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Saliva has been suggested as having potential diagnostic value in COVID-19 patients. In this blog Manas Dave looks at a recent review of the subject which included 28 studies.

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Interproximal caries detection: near-infrared light transillumination (NILT) compared to bitewing radiograph

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This review of the accuracy of the near-infrared light transillumination (NILT) for the detection of interproximal dental caries in permanent dentition included 13 studies with 6 contributing to a meta-analasis. Findings suggest that NILT is reasonably comparable to bitewings.

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Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 screening: Could it accidentally cause local lockdowns?

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Mark-Steven Howe takes a look coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 screening and the implications of false positive tests in this blog

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FFP3 fit testing accuracy and Covid-19 prevalence update

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In another of his series of blogs on Covid-19 Mark-Steven Howe looks at the latest data on prevalence from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) and data on the fit testing of FFP3 masks.

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Covid-19 screening: Please may I take your temperature?

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In this blog Mark-Steven Howe takes a look at the findings ot two reviews of non-contact thermometers for detecting potentially infected staff or patients.

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Dentistry, Diagnostic Test Accuracy (DTA) and the Covid-19 Antibody Test

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Mark-Steven Howe looks at the diagnostic test accuracy of Covid-19 antibody tests in this opinion piece.

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