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 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

12 months on: Cochrane Oral Health, Dundee Dental School, and Wikipedia – a project update

Cochrane Oral Health's Co-ordinating Editor Jan Clarkson talks to the Wikipedia Editing Team at Dundee Dental School

Cochrane Oral Health’s Co-ordinating Editor Jan Clarkson talks to the Wikipedia Editing Team at Dundee Dental School

Last summer, we blogged about the fantastic project to update articles about dentistry on Wikipedia, led by the students at Dundee Dental School.

The team have been doing excellent work to update Wikipedia with Cochrane evidence. The project has been running since January 2016, led by Dundee graduate Nour Geres. Continue reading

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! https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FBTNHMB. The survey will close on 8 August 2014.

To find out more about our prioritization project, see http://ohg.cochrane.org/priority-reviews.

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!

New title registered at the Cochrane Oral Health Group

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The Cochrane Oral Health Group registered one new title at their Editorial Meeting in April:

Interventions for preventing early childhood caries in pregnant women and mothers of infants up to 12 months old

This new review looks at early and maternal prevention of tooth decay in babies and is part of a larger project to improve oral health outcomes for children of migrant refugee communities.

 

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