Zinc supplements may be effective for taste disorders but more high quality studies are needed

The sense of taste is essential to the health and psychological well-being of an individual. Taste disorders can range from lack of taste, to distortion of taste, to reduced ability to taste. Any disorder in taste perception can lead to conditions like malnutrition and consumption of poisonous food substances. The cause may be due to disease, drugs, radiation treatment, or ageing; or it may result from unknown causes. Various treatment methods have been used to improve taste sensation. These include the use of zinc compounds, pilocarpine, alpha lipoic acid, transcranial magnetic stimulation, ginkgo biloba and acupuncture. Continue reading

Open wide! Only one randomized controlled trial found on management of gag reflex in dentistry

pulp treatmentThe gag reflex is a normal mechanism to protect the throat and airway from foreign objects. Many people have an exaggerated gag reflex that causes distress during dental treatment, making it difficult or even impossible to perform the treatment. The interventions used to manage gagging include anti-nausea medicines, sedatives, local and general anaesthetics, herbal remedies, behaviour therapy and cognitive behaviour therapy, acupressure, acupuncture, and prosthetic devices. We wanted to know how effective and safe these interventions are compared to no intervention or a placebo or to other interventions in helping people undergo dental procedures successfully and in reducing the severity of gagging. Continue reading

Zinc supplements may be of some benefit in treating taste disorders but more evidence is needed

blog post_tasteThe sense of taste is essential to the health and psychological well-being of an individual. Taste disorders can range from lack of taste, to distortion of taste, to reduced ability to taste. Any disorder in taste perception can lead to conditions like malnutrition and consumption of poisonous food substances. The cause may be due to disease, drugs, radiation treatment or aging, or it may be from unknown causes. Various treatment methods have been proposed, including the use of zinc supplements, pilocarpine, alpha lipoic acid, transcranial magnetic stimulation, ginkgo bilboa and acupuncture. The review found that zinc supplements may have some benefit, but the evidence was insufficient to draw firm conclusions. Continue reading