Uncertain evidence on the value of school dental screening programmes

Boy having teeth examinedOral diseases, especially dental caries, affect children worldwide. If unchecked, oral health can deteriorate progressively and adversely impact children’s general well-being. It also has a financial bearing at family and community levels. School dental screening is a public health measure where the oral examination of children is carried out in the school setting, and then parents are informed about the oral condition and treatment needs of their child. The screening aims to identify oral health concerns at an early stage, and prompt parents to seek treatment where required. Continue reading

Education for nursing home staff and/or residents to improve residents’ oral health

kind care for senior womanNursing home residents are often unable to carry out proper oral care, which is an important factor in maintaining the health of the mouth, teeth, and gums. Nursing home staff may not be prepared to provide adequate care. Therefore, oral health care education for residents and/or nursing staff may be one strategy to improve this situation. Continue reading

How often should you see your dentist?

Heritage_Dental_appointment_reminderThe frequency with which patients should attend the dentist for a routine check-up has been the subject of an ongoing debate. There is no universally recognised definition of the term “routine dental check up”, and recommendations vary between countries and dental healthcare systems. Should you see your dentist every six months, or less often? This Cochrane review looks at the evidence.

What was the research?

A systematic review of the evidence to find out the optimal interval for dental check-ups (the time period between one dental check up and the next).

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