Whitening toothpastes have beneficial effect on staining

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This review of the effect of whitening toothpastes on tooth staining included 21 RCTs and found a significant effect on all aspects of staining in the short term.

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Top Dental Elf Blogs of 2016

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During 2016 the Dental Elves has published 158 blogs covering a broad range of topics. The most popular blogs of each month are highlighted.

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Dentine hypersensitivity: do mouthwashes help?

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This review of mouthwashes for the management of dentine hypersensitivity included 7 small studies all at high risk of bias. While minor benefits in patients’ subjective perception were seen the limited quality of the study means these findings should be interpreted with caution.

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Anti-plaque agents: do they help reduce plaque levels?

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63 RCTs contributed to this network meta-analysis of the effectiveness of anti-plaque agents. Results suggested that toothpastes containing triclosan-copolymer or chlorhexidine and mouthrinses containing essential oils or chlorhexidine had the most effect on plaque indicies at 6 months.

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Toothpaste and plaque removal

Plaque off, Fluoride on. Brushing your teeth really is that simple.
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This review of the efficacy of brushing with and without a toothpaste for plaque removal identified 10 trials involving a total of 444 patients. While the results suggest no differences other reviews have demonstrated clear oral health benefits from brushing with toothpaste.

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Arginine and caries prevention

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7 RCTs were included in this review of the caries prevention effects of arginine containing dental products. They provide insufficient evidence to support a caries preventive effect for arginine in toothpaste.

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Arginine in combination with calcium bases and fluoride in toothpaste may be better than fluoride alone

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Ten trials were included in this review of arginine in toothpaste. It found that arginine in combination with calcium bases (either Dical or calcium carbonate) and fluoride provided a superior effect compared with fluoride alone. However, 9 out of 10 of the trials were sponsored by a single company and the overall quality of the evidence was considered to be low.

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Dentine hypersensitivity – calcium sodium phosphosilicate pastes effective suggests review

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This review of the use of Calcium Sodium Phosphosilicate (CSPS) for the treatment of dentine hypersensitivity included 11 trials involving a total of 1190 patients suggesting that a 5% CSPS-containing toothpaste is effective for use as an at-home treatment.

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Tooth whitening at home–strips or gel?

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This review compared tooth whitening strips against 10% carbamide peroxide gel. Only 9 low quality studies were available and while meta-analysis found no difference between the interventions, the authors did not consider that strips were a substitute for gel.

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Mouthwashes and toothpastes can improve oral malodour

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This review identified 12 trials of mouthwashes and toothpastes for oral malodour. Those products with active ingredients reduced oral malodour but the overall quality of the available evidence was weak.

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