Toothpaste: Does it inhibit plaque regrowth?

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This review of the effect of a regular fluoride dentifrice compared to water or saline on dental plaque inhibition using the 4-day non-brushing model included 9 studies and demonstrated a weak weak inhibitory effect on plaque regrowth with toothpaste use.

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Antiseptic oral sprays: Do they improve oral health?

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20 RCTs involving a total of 720 patients were included in this review of antiseptic oral sprays in the control of dental plaque and gingivitis. The findings suggest then can reduce plaque levels in the short term.

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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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Peri-implantitis: lack of clarity on best self-management options

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This review identified 11 small trials looking at self-management options for peri-implant disease. The quality of the available evidence for the best management strategies for peri-implant mucositis is limited at present.

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Gingivitis: anti-plaque agents may help

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This new review covers the board topic of the efficacy of anti-plaque chemical formulations for managing gingivitis. 87 heterogeneous studies found a statistically significant benefit with most test products.

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Review found little short-term differences in gingival condition between triclosan-containing and stannous fluoride toothpastes

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While there have been reductions in caries prevalence in many countries ,levels  of gingivitis remain high. Toothpastes aid tooth cleaning and provide a useful delivery agent for plaque control agents. The aim of this review was to compare the effectiveness of stannous fluoride (SnF) toothpastes with triclosan-containing (Tcs) toothpastes in improving gingival inflammation and plaque [read the full story…]

Review suggests that brushing with a chlorhexidine-containing dentifrice may help control plaque and gingivitis

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Regular and effective removal plaque is considered to be an efective method of controlling and preventing gingivitis. Toothbrushing with dentifrice is a key method and antiplaque agents (eg chlorhexidine, triclosan/copolymer) have been introduced with the aim of increasing effectiveness.   The aim of this review was to see if chlorhexidine (CHX) dentifrice /gel was more effective [read the full story…]

New Cochrane Protocols May 2013

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The fifth issue of the Cochrane Library for 2013 has three new protocols  from the Oral Health Group:- The first protocol is:- Riley P, Lamont T. Triclosan/copolymer containing toothpastes for oral health (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2013, Issue 5. Art. No.: CD010514. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD010514. The main aim here is , to assess the [read the full story…]

Some toothpastes have some impact on mouth bacteria in short term

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There is good evidence that toothbrushing reduces gingivitis and that tooth brushing with fluoride toothpaste reduces tooth decay. The aim of this study was to compare the antimicrobial effects of three commercially available toothpastes. Thirty-five adults (15 men and 20 women; average age 33 years and pockets <5 mm with a minimum of 20 natural [read the full story…]

Non-fluoride agents may provide some adjunctive benefit to those at higher risk of caries

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The use of topical fluoride together with  fluoridated water and fissure sealants are mainstays of caries management.  A range of non-fluoride agents  caries preventive agents are also in use and these are reviewed to provide  evidence-based clinical recommendations. The authors evaluated studies of sucrose-free polyol chewing gums, xylitol dentifrices, chlorhexidine, chlorhexidine in combination with thymol, [read the full story…]