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What are the possible ways of reducing dental erosive potential of acidic beverages

This summary is based on the article published in the Australian Dental Journal: Possible ways of reducing dental erosive potential of acidic beverages (September 2014) T Stefański, L Postek-Stefańska Context Frequent consumption of acidic beverages is related to excessive tooth wear, namely dental erosion. Preventive measures may involve reduction or elimination of acidic drink consumption. However, the success of this approach is difficult to achieve as it is highly dependent on patient compliance. Therefore, a practical way of minimizing the erosive potential of popular acidic drinks may be their chemical modification. Purpose of the Review The aim of this article ...

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‘Know thy patient’: is there a relationship between personality and oral health?

This summary is based on the article published in the European Journal of Oral Sciences: Personality and oral health (October 2011) Thomson WM, Caspi A, Poulton R, Moffitt TE, Broadbent JM.         Context Recent decades have seen a burgeoning in the use of self-report measures in oral epidemiological and health services research 1. This has been sparked by not only the development of such measures, but also by an increasing awareness of their utility in such research and the recognition that health is a subjective state 2. Research into the association between personality and health has shown at ...

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Dealing with “unacceptably inconsistent” advice on toothbrushing

This summary is based on the article published in the British Dental Journal:  An analysis of methods of toothbrushing recommended by dental associations, toothpaste and toothbrush companies and in dental texts (August 2014) J. Wainwright and A. Sheiham Context Universally, dentists, dental associations  and government bodies recommend regular daily toothbrushing because it is  so important for preventing periodontal  disease and caries. One would expect some professional consensus on which methods of toothbrushing to recommend. Evaluations on  the effectiveness of dental health education indicate that adherence to recommendations on toothbrushing are not good. This may be related to the fact that the methods of  toothbrushing recommended are either ...

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What is the relationship between smoking and periodontal disease? Review of the literature

This summary is based on the article published in the New York State Dental Journal: The relationship between smoking and periodontal disease. Review of the literature and case report (November 2013)

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WHO opens public consultation on draft sugars guideline

The World Health Organization (WHO) is launching a public consultation on its draft guideline on sugars intake. When finalized, the guideline will provide countries with recommendations on limiting the consumption of sugars to reduce public health problems like obesity and dental caries (commonly referred to as tooth decay). Read the draft guideline 

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Are probiotics effective in the prevention or treatment of periodontal disease?

This summary is based on the article published in Clinical Oral Investigations: Effects of probiotics in periodontal diseases: a systematic review (September 2013) Nicolás Yanine, Ignacio Araya, Romina Brignardello-Petersen, Alonso Carrasco-Labra, Almudena González, Arelis Preciado, Julio Villanueva, Mariano Sanz, and Conchita Martin

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What are the early signs of periodontal disease?

This question was submitted by a general dentist: What are the early signs of periodontal disease? Dr. Gordon Schwartz, from GumDocs, in collaboration with Dr. Suham Alexander, Oasis Clinical Editor, provided this quick initial response

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Sodabriety: intervening against the impact of sugar-sweetened beverages

This summary is based on the article published in the Journal of School Health: Piloting ‘‘Sodabriety’’: A School-Based Intervention to Impact Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption in Rural Appalachian High Schools (March 2014)

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