Review suggests that surgical anchorage is more effective than conventional anchorage for orthodontic treatment


This recent update of a Cochrane review considers the question as to whether surgical or conventional anchorage is more effective. Surgical anchorage was more effective but there is limited information on patient reported outcomes such as pain.

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Fixed or removable appliances for treating anterior crossbite in the mixed dentition?


We look at a small RCT that compares fixed and removable appliances for treating anterior crossbite in the mixed dentition.

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Orthodontic treatment of posterior crossbite


Treatment of posterior crossbite was rated in the top 10 most important orthodontic reviews by an international panel of oral health professionals as part of a Cochrane Oral Health Group prioritisation exercise. This new update to this Cochrane review found some evidence to suggest that the quad-helix (fixed) appliance may be more successful than removable expansion plates at correcting posterior crossbites. However, it is mainly low to very low quality.

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Pulp treatments for primary molars


This new Cochrane review update finds no evidence to clearly identify one superior pulpotomy medicament and technique for primary molars.

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Periodontal disease and rheumatoid arthritis


This recent systematic reviews asks: Does periodontal treatment influence clinical and biochemical measures for rheumatoid arthritis? The answer is that there’s insufficient evidence to know.

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Review found few good quality studies on treatment of combined periodontal-endodontic lesions


A non-surgical root canal treatment for periodontal-endodontic lesions was usually performed as an initial treatment step, but this systematic review found little high quality evidence.

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How should I brush my teeth?


Regular daily toothbrushing plays an important part in preventing periodontal disease and caries but is there consensus on how this should be carried out. The main aim of this study was to assess the methods of toothbrushing recommended for both adults and children by dental associations, toothpaste and toothbrush companies and professional dental sources such [read the full story...]

Review finds glass ionomer had lowest annual failure rate in non-carious cervical lesions


Non-carious cervical lesions (NCCLs) are saucer or wedge-shaped defects that appear along the cementum-enamel junction as a result of gradual loss of dental tissues in the absence of caries. Their aetiology has not been fully clarified. NCCLs are restored using adhesive materials glass-ionomers and their resin-modified version, poly-acid modified composites (known as ‘compomers’), composite and [read the full story...]