Welcoming Professor Kumbargere N Sumanth, new editor with the Cochrane Oral Health Group

image_4The Cochrane Oral Health Group is delighted to announce that we have offered the role of Editor with the Group to Professor Kumbargere N. Sumanth. He is the lead author on the protocol Interventions for managing post-extraction bleeding and on the published review Interventions for the management of taste disturbances. He is co-author on several other Cochrane Oral Health Group reviews. Continue reading

New edition of the Cochrane Library features three new reviews from the Oral Health Group

The latest edition of the Cochrane Library for September 2012 features three new reviews from the Oral Health Group.

Irrigants for non-surgical root canal treatment in mature permanent teeth
Zbys Fedorowicz, Mona Nasser, Patrick Sequeira-Byron, Raphael Freitas de Souza, Ben Carter, Marc Heft

This new systematic review examines the antiseptic and antibacterial irrigating solutions available to help to eliminate infection during root canal treatment. 11 studies were included, with 851 participants. The review concludes that there was no difference between some of the irrigants or between the different strengths of individual irrigants.

Preoperative analgesics for additional pain relief in children and adolescents having dental treatment
Paul F Ashley, Susan Parekh, David R Moles, Prabhleen Anand, Amal Behbehani

This review examines whether or not to give children painkillers before dental treatment, in order to reduce pain afterwards. Five trials were included, with 190 participants. However, the available evidence was not sufficient to determine efficacy. There was some evidence that it could be of benefit before orthodontic treatment.

Systemic interventions for recurrent aphthous stomatitis (mouth ulcers)
Paul Brocklehurst, Martin Tickle, Anne-Marie Glenny, Michael A Lewis, Michael N Pemberton, Jennifer Taylor, Tanya Walsh, Philip Riley, Julian M Yates

25 trials with 21 interventions were included in this new systematic review on recurrent mouth ulcers. No single treatment was found to be effective and the results remain inconclusive.

Other highlights of the Cochrane Library, Issue 9, 2012 are:

Submitting a title proposal to the Cochrane Oral Health Group

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The Cochrane Oral Health Group welcomes proposals for new titles for systematic reviews in the field of oral health from anywhere in the world.

Our remit is to provide the best possible evidence for decision making to clinicians, policy makers, guidance developers and consumers.

If you have a team of people available to work on a systematic review and you would like to submit a title, please note:

  •  The Oral Health Group is currently only registering titles based on interventions, not diagnostic test accuracy or prognosis. These two areas are complex and the Group has made the strategic decision to concentrate on the diagnosis of oral cancer, with a hand-picked team of experienced systematic reviewers.
  • The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews is a high quality publication with a high impact factor. The Collaboration has clear expectations of authors and anyone submitting a title should make sure they understand what these are, read section 3.2.4 of the Cochrane Policy Manual to find out more.
  • To proceed with registration, we also require evidence of at least two randomized controlled trials which meet the inclusion criteria of your review, and a CV from the contact author.
  • The title must not overlap any registered titles, protocols or reviews. A full list can be found on our website, please check before submission.

To submit a title proposal or for more information, fill in the Group’s title registration form, giving as much detail as possible, and email it to cohg@manchester.ac.uk

Most accessed and most cited Cochrane Oral Health Group Reviews

Wiley Blackwell, the publishers of the Cochrane Library, have released some information on the top Oral Health Group reviews for 2011.

The top ten most accessed reviews in 2011 were:


The top ten most cited reviews in 2010 were:

Follow the links to read more on the Cochrane Library…