New publications by the Cochrane Oral Health Group in Issue 12 of the Cochrane Library for 2011

Issue 12 of the Cochrane Library for 2011 has been published – the final edition of the year. It was a bumper month for the Cochrane Oral Health Group. We published three brand new reviews:

Flossing for the management of periodontal diseases and dental caries in adults by Dario Sambunjak, Jason W. Nickerson, Tina Poklepovic, Trevor M Johnson, Pauline Imai, Peter Tugwell, Helen V Worthington

The review included 12 trials with a total of 1083 participants. It found that overall there is weak, unreliable evidence to suggest that flossing plus toothbrushing is associated with a small reduction in plaque after 1 or 3 months. However, the trials were generally of poor quality and conclusions are therefore unreliable.

Fluoride supplements (tablets, drops, lozenges or chewing gums) for preventing dental caries in children by Stéphanie Tubert-Jeannin, Candy Auclair, Emmanuel Amsallem, Paul Tramini, Laurent Gerbaud,
Christiane Ruffieux, Andreas G Schulte, Martin J Koch, Myriam Rège-Walther, Amid Ismail

11 studies were included in this review, involving 7,196 children. The review found that no conclusion could be reached about the effectiveness of  supplemental fluoride treatments in preventing tooth decay in young children with deciduous teeth.

Interventions for the management of dry mouth: topical therapies by Susan Furness, Helen V Worthington, Gemma Bryan, Sarah Birchenough, Roddy McMillan

36 trials were included, with 1597 participants. The review found that there is no strong evidence that any one topical therapy is effective for relieving the symptoms of dry mouth. It did find some differences between treatments: for example, oxygenated glycerol triester spray used as a saliva substitute was more effective than a water based electrolyte spray. Chewing gum and mouthcare systems are also evaluated in this review.

Other highlights of the Cochrane Library, Issue 12 for 2011:

This is the last issue of the Cochrane Library for 2011! The next publication date is 18 January 2012. Merry Christmas and a happy new year to all our authors, referees and contributors. Let’s make 2012 a successful year for the Oral Health Group.