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U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: Prevention of Dental Caries in Children from Birth Through Five Years of Age: Recommendation Statement

This summary is based on the Recommendation Statement published in the American Family Physician journal by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: Prevention of Dental Caries in Children from Birth Through Five Years of Age: Recommendation Statement (February 2015) Context Dental caries is the most common chronic disease in children in the United States.1 According to the 1999–2004 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, approximately 42% of children two to 11 years of age have dental caries in their primary teeth. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) found adequate evidence that oral fluoride supplementation, also known as dietary fluoride ...

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Does the sugar found in medications increase the risk of caries?

This summary is based on the article published in the Journal of the American Dental Association: Sugar content, cariogenicity, and dental concerns with commonly used medications (February 2015) Mark Donaldson, BSP, RPH, PharmD, FASHP, FACHE Jason H. Goodchild, DMD Joel B. Epstein, DMD, MSD, FRCD(C), FDS, RCS(Edin) Courtesy of the American Dental Association, you can access the full-text article for the next 3 months here (PDF) Context Oral adverse events such as cariogenicity are often overlooked as drug-associated effects because the sugar content of many medications may be negligible compared with the patients’ overall dietary intake of sugar. There are, ...

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Oasis Patient Resource: A healthy mouth for your baby

This video and additional materials are provided to dentists to use for patient information. If you are interested in using the video in your own practice, please email us at oasisdiscussions@cda-adc.ca and we will gladly provide you with the original Powerpoint presentation as well as the video file. You will then be able to customize it with your own logo and office information.  Download the PDF version  Watch the video presentation      

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Cancer screening and detection in high-risk communities: A conversation opener with Dr. Ajit Auluck

Dr. Ajit Auluck, dentist and oral cancer researcher, spoke with Dr. John O’keefe about early cancer detection and screening in the communities most at risk to developing oral cancer.                Watch the video of the conversation   Watch Dr. Auluck’s PPT Presentation: Oral Cancer Trends in B.C.   Dr. Auluck is a post-doctoral student with the LiVWELL research group at Simon Fraser University. He also works as a clinician scientist in the British Columbia Oral Cancer Prevention Program. A component of his research focuses upon risk factors for developing oral cancers, among ethnic minorities and underprivileged communities ...

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Could Cytisine be the next smoking cessation alternative?

This summary is based on the article published in the New England Journal of Medicine: Cystine versus Nicotine for Smoking Cessation (December 2014) Natalie Walker, Ph.D., Colin Howe, Ph.D., Marewa Glover, Ph.D., Hayden McRobbie, M.B., Ch.B., Ph.D., Joanne Barnes, Ph.D., Vili Nosa, Ph.D., Varsha Parag, M.Sc., Bruce Bassett, B.A., and Christopher Bullen, M.B., Ch.B., Ph.D. Context Placebo-controlled trials indicate that cytisine, a partial agonist that binds the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor and is used for smoking cessation, almost doubles the chances of quitting at 6 months. Cytisine is a plant-based alkaloid found in members of the Leguminosae family.1, 2 Cytisine is a ...

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Powered/electric toothbrushes vs. manual toothbrushes: which is better for maintaining oral health? A systematic review

This summary is based on the Cochrane Systematic Review: Powered/electric toothbrushes compared to manual toothbrushes for maintaining oral health (June 2014) Yaacob M, Worthington HV, Deacon SA, Deery C, Walmsley AD, Robinson PG, Glenny AM Context Good oral hygiene, through the removal of plaque (a sticky film containing bacteria) by effective tooth brushing has an important role in the prevention of gum disease and tooth decay. Dental plaque is the primary cause of gingivitis (gum inflammation) and is implicated in the progression to periodontitis, a more serious form of gum disease that affects the tissues that support the teeth. The ...

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Is octenidine hydrochloride available and/or recommended as an oral rinse agent?

This question was submtted by general dentist: Since Octenidine Hydrochloride seems better than Chlorhexidine, is it available and/or recommended as an oral rinse agent?  Under what name can it be purchased? Drs. Archie McNicol and Suham Alexander provided this quick initial response.   Antiseptic mouth rinses are used clinically to improve dental health and/or to prevent infections arising from oral pathogens. Antimicrobial mouth rinses target predominantly Streptococcus mutans.  Octenidine hydrochloride (Octenisept) belongs to a class of chemicals called bispyridinamines and was initially developed for use as a topical antimicrobial agent. It is capable of forming complexes and adhering to whole cells ...

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Is there a benefit for the routine use of an antibacterial mouth rinse prior to dental appointments?

This question was submitted by a general dentist: Is there any evidence of benefit for the routine use of an antibacterial mouth rinse (ie. chlorhexidine gluconate 0.12%) prior to dental appointments?  Would there be any contraindications to this practice? Drs. Gordon Schwartz from Gumdocs and Suham Alexander provided this quick initial response.      The intended aim of having patients use a pre-procedural antibacterial mouth rinse is to reduce or limit the exposure of patients and dental staff to microorganisms that are found in aerosols in the dental office as well as to decrease contamination of equipment and operatory surfaces ...

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