Trial showed similar oral health improvements in nursing-home residents with manual and powered toothbrushes

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The 2010 Cochrane review of powered toothbrushes (Deacon et al) provided some evidence that rotational oscillation powered toothbrushes are more effective than other designs. However, the available evidence was based on short-term studies and the differences were small, so the clinical importance was unclear.  The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of [read the full story…]

Barriers experienced by dentists in delivering care to older people


An increase in the proportion of older people in the population is evidence, with those aged 65 years of age and above expected to increase from 19 to 25 % in Europe by 2025.  Coupled with an improvement in oral health over the past 30 years this means a higher proportion of these older people [read the full story…]

Limited evidence on the benefit of providing oral healthcare education to care home nurses on their attitude and their oral hygiene care skills


Oral care is an important element of care for older people in care homes as oral health is often poor and can deteriorate rapidly causing pain discomfort and impacting on nutrition and quality of life.  With growing numbers of older people this is an area of increasing demand. This aim of the review was to [read the full story…]

New Cochrane Protocols May 2013


The fifth issue of the Cochrane Library for 2013 has three new protocols  from the Oral Health Group:- The first protocol is:- Riley P, Lamont T. Triclosan/copolymer containing toothpastes for oral health (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2013, Issue 5. Art. No.: CD010514. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD010514. The main aim here is , to assess the [read the full story…]

Professional oral hygiene interventions and follow-up support provided short term improvement in oral health for in older adults


An increasingly elderly population  have benefited from improvements in oral health care resulting in the retention of an increasing number of natural teeth. This brings the challenge of maintaining these  teeth and their replacements in good disease free condition.  However, studies indicate that oral health in this group is often poor.  The aim of this [read the full story…]

Implementation of an oral health care protocol led to short term improvements in care home residents


With an increasing proportion of the population living longer and retaining their teeth into old age ensuring that they are maintained in good oral health is important. However,the literature indicates that the oral health of older people in care homes is poor.  The aim of this study was to assess the effectiveness of an Oral [read the full story…]

Oral health care and aspiration pneumonia in frail older people

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A number of previous studies have highlighted the risk of poor oral health as a potential risk factor for aspirational pneumonia in frail older people. The aim of this review was to review the literature on oral health care interventions in frail older people and the effect on the incidence of aspiration pneumonia. The authors [read the full story…]