The Oral Health Group needs you!

PrioritiesWe are currently undertaking an exercise to prioritise areas of research for the future, and today we’ve launched a survey to find out about your oral health concerns.

The survey is open to everyone, and all feedback is welcome.

Which areas of oral health and dentistry do you think are most important? Issues you might want to think about could include:

  • Prevention of tooth decay
  • Care of children’s teeth
  • Oral hygiene products (toothpastes, mouthrinses, flossing)
  • Dentures or dental implants
  • Bleeding or inflamed gums
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Mouth cancer
  • Tooth whitening
  • Wisdom teeth removal.
  • Facial or jaw pain

Follow the link to take part in our survey, we really want to hear from you! The survey will close on 8 August 2014.

To find out more about our prioritization project, see

Making sense of the evidence

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Which strength of fluoride toothpaste is best for children? Cochrane plain language summaries help find the answers

The Cochrane Oral Health Group has launched a new section of its website to make evidence more user-friendly.

Making sense of the evidence for oral health decision making takes topics in dental health and links to the Cochrane plain language summaries of relevant reviews.

The first topic area is tooth decay, or dental caries. Do fluoride varnishes work? What strength of toothpaste should you use on your child’s teeth? Do plastic sealants prevent decay? All these questions and more are answered.

Look out for more topic areas, coming soon!

Cochrane Resources for Consumers

The Cochrane Collaboration has made all resources involving consumers available in one place. You can find them in the Community section of the website, under Resources at:

These are available to members only (Archie login required)

Two more resources have been added to the collection of tools to use when engaging new consumers:

  •  Introducing Consumers to Cochrane
  • Consumer Involvement in Reviews

The resources include a welcome pack that can be emailed to consumers,  a CCNet brochure introducing the Cochrane Collaboration and a printable illustrative booklet about evidence-based healthcare. There is an email template introducing consumers to the Cochrane Collaboration Consumer Network, inviting them to become members.

Also included are links to, and an article from Sense about Science explaining the rationale for conducting systematic reviews. Consumer referee checklists are available, along with a guidance document explaining what Cochrane Review Groups need from consumer referees, with clear descriptions of the terms contained in each section of the checklists for reviews and protocols.

The Cochrane Oral Health Group needs YOU!

Are you interested in commenting on and getting involved with oral health issues?

The Oral Health Group is recruiting consumers to form part of a Consumer Panel. Consumers (or patients) will be asked to comment on reviews produced by the Group. This will help us to help the public by making our plain language summaries more understandable and ensure they are written clearly and without too much jargon.

Our priority area currently is Orthodontics, the branch of dentistry concerned with the growth and development of the face and jaws and the treatment of irregularities of the teeth.

If you’d like to be involved, contact the Oral Health Group’s Consumer Co-ordinator, Ruth Floate at