Evidence based dentistry

Evidence based dentistry: does your dentist deliver the best possible advice to you?

Prevention is better than cure, the fundamentals of preventing tooth loss from decay are:

  1. Toothbrushing
  2. Low sugar diet
  3. Fluoride
  4. Fissure Sealants
  5. Low alcohol and no smoking

Toothbrushing

Overwhelming evidence shows electric or powered toothbrushes to be more effective at reduction of plaque (the cause of tooth decay and gum disease)

http://www.cochrane.org/CD002281/ORAL_poweredelectric-toothbrushes-compared-to-manual-toothbrushes-for-maintaining-oral-health

Cochrane reviews are a very powerful source of medical evidence. Cochrane are a global independent network of researchers, professionals, patients, carers, and people interested in health. Cochrane is for anyone who is interested in using high-quality information to make health decisions. Whether you are a doctor or nurse, patient or carer, researcher or funder, Cochrane evidence provides a powerful tool to enhance your healthcare knowledge and decision making.

Here at Gwynne Dental our advice is based on the latest high quality evidence – systematic reviews of large numbers of randomised control trials (such as Cochrane) are the best source of evidence and that’s what we pass on to our patients.

The toothbrushes trialed in the Cochrane review commonly had a rotation oscillation mode of action; a braun Oral B. The best way to use it can be seen here:

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=electric+toothbrushing+technique&view=detail&mid=701BBCC60DA0F1DA4DC9701BBCC60DA0F1DA4DC9&FORM=VIRE

Good toothbrushing technique plus interdental cleaning via floss or interdental brushes such as TePe’s shown below is the best known way to keep plaque levels low in order to maintain good oral health.

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year from all the team at Gwynne Dental! Make dry January less sugar too #lookafteryourteeth #beatoralcancer #seeyourdentistonceayear