Nursing 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
Primary school-based behavioural interventions for preventing caries
Anna M Cooper, Lucy A O’Malley, Sarah N Elison, Rosemary Armstrong, Girvan Burnside, Pauline Adair, Lindsey Dugdill, Cynthia Pine
This review considers the clinical effects of school based interventions aimed at changing behaviour related to toothbrushing and the frequency of consumption of sugary food and drink. Are programmes aimed at making lasting changes to toothbrushing habits and reducing sugary food and drink consumption in 4-12 year olds effective?
Four clinical trials were included in the review. Three of these showed that there was less dental plaque in the children who had received the programme, and one small study showed there was less tooth decay when children had undergone the educational intervention. However, more high quality research is needed.
Dental cavity liners for Class I and Class II resin-based composite restorations
Andrew B Schenkel, Ivy Peltz, Analia Veitz-Keenan
This review will be undertaken by a team from the College of Dentistry at the University of New York. It will assess the effects of using dental cavity liners in the placement of restorations.
Oral health educational interventions for nursing home staff and residents
Martina Albrecht (nee Bunge), Ramona Kupfer, Daniel Reissmann, Burkhard Haastert, Ingrid Mühlhauser, Sascha Köpke
This new review will assess the effects of educational interventions to improve the oral and dental health of nursing home residents. These interventions could include training programmes for staff or for the residents in oral hygiene, oral care practice, diet and skills training.
New protocol:Triclosan/copolymer containing toothpastes for oral health
Philip Riley, Thomas Lamont
This review will assess the effects (i.e. including both the efficacy and safety) of triclosan/copolymer containing fluoride toothpastes, compared to fluoride toothpastes, for the long-term control of tooth decay, plaque and gingivitis in children and adults.
Other highlights of Issue 5 of the Cochrane Library include:
- School-based programmes for preventing smoking
- Interventions to improve antibiotic prescribing practices for hospital inpatients
- Vaccines for measles, mumps and rubella in children
- Swimming training for asthma in children and adolescents aged 18 years and under
- Multimedia educational interventions for consumers about prescribed and over-the-counter medications
- Training to recognise the early signs of recurrence in schizophrenia
- Computer-based diabetes self-management interventions for adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus
- Oral evening primrose oil and borage oil for eczema