Oral Hygiene

Publication Title: 
Complementary Therapies in Medicine

AIM: To critically appraise and evaluate the evidence from randomized clinical trials (RCTs) examining the effectiveness of oil pulling on oro dental hygiene. METHODS: We conducted electronic searches in Medline, Embase, Amed, The Cochrane Library and Cinahl databases from inception to February 2015, and assessed reporting quality using the Cochrane risk of bias criteria. We included RCTs that compared oil pulling using conventional cooking oils with a control intervention. Our primary outcomes were measures of oro dental hygiene using validated scales.

Author(s): 
Gbinigie, Oghenekome
Onakpoya, Igho
Spencer, Elizabeth
McCall MacBain, Marcy
Heneghan, Carl
Publication Title: 
The Ceylon Medical Journal

INTRODUCTION: Different systems of traditional medicine of the Indian subcontinent, have used Acacia chundra Willd, Adhatoda vasica Nees., Mimusops elengi L., Piper nigrum L., Pongamia pinnata L. Pirerre, Quercus infectoria Olivier., Syzygium aromaticum L., Terminalia chebula Retz., Zingiber officinale Roscoe., individually or in combinations, to cure oral diseases. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the oral hygiene and gingival health benefits of toothpaste formulated with a mixture of the above herbs (15% w/w).

Author(s): 
Jayashankar, S.
Panagoda, G. J.
Amaratunga, E. a. P. D.
Perera, K.
Rajapakse, P. S.
Publication Title: 
Dental Update
Author(s): 
Burke, F. J. Trevor
Publication Title: 
Journal of Dentistry

OBJECTIVES: This double blind randomized clinical trial evaluated the longevity of the whitening effect (6-month follow-up) of two carbamide peroxide concentrations used in at-home vital bleaching. METHODS: Ninety-two volunteers with shade mean C1 or darker for the six maxillary anterior teeth were randomized into two balanced groups (n=46) according to bleaching agent concentration: 10% (CP10) or 16% (CP16) carbamide peroxide. Patients were instructed to use the whitening agent in a tray for 2h/day during 3 weeks.

Author(s): 
Meireles, S. S.
Heckmann, S. S.
Santos, I. S.
Della Bona, A.
Demarco, F. F.
Publication Title: 
American Journal of Orthodontics

This article describes our current oral health program. This program will continue to change as we learn more effective ways to communicate and offer instruction. The orthodontist and his staff are in a unique position to help patients become concerned about oral health. The cumulative effect of such patient educations is tremendous since hundreds of patients can be affected. Improving the effectiveness of an oral health program is an excellent opportunity to expand our service as health-care practitioners.

Author(s): 
Clark, J. R.
Publication Title: 
American Journal of Orthodontics

This article describes our current oral health program. This program will continue to change as we learn more effective ways to communicate and offer instruction. The orthodontist and his staff are in a unique position to help patients become concerned about oral health. The cumulative effect of such patient educations is tremendous since hundreds of patients can be affected. Improving the effectiveness of an oral health program is an excellent opportunity to expand our service as health-care practitioners.

Author(s): 
Clark, J. R.
Publication Title: 
The American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis
Author(s): 
Kelly, M. A.
McKinty, H. R.
Carr, R.
Publication Title: 
L' Orthodontie Française

Hypnosis is making a comeback in all of the medical disciplines. But in a world where everyone wants to control everything and manage everything, it's helpful to know that hypnosis is a dynamic process that cannot be forced on anyone, a psychic reality, clearly demonstrated today by brain imaging. Hypnosis does not take any power over the individual. It is just one more tool to help ease patient's discomfort. It is also useful to avoid professional burnout to provide care without depleting our energy and without wasting our valuable time.

Author(s): 
Simonnet Garcia, Marie-Hélène
Publication Title: 
Journal of Public Health Dentistry

OBJECTIVES: This analysis describes the dental self-care behaviors used by a multiethnic sample of older adults and delineates the associations of self-care behaviors with personal characteristics and oral health problems. METHODS: A cross-sectional comprehensive oral health survey conducted with a random, multiethnic (African-American, American Indian, white) sample of 635 community-dwelling rural adults aged 60 years and older was completed in two rural southern counties.

Author(s): 
Arcury, Thomas A.
Bell, Ronny A.
Anderson, Andrea M.
Chen, Haiying
Savoca, Margaret R.
Kohrman, Teresa
Quandt, Sara A.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved

BACKGROUND: Oral health disparities related to socioeconomic status have been well described in the U.S., but oral health among refugee groups has not been well characterized. This article examines oral health among Somali refugees in Massachusetts. METHODS: Eighty-three (83) participants were purposively selected for an in-depth, open-ended interview related to oral health. RESULTS: Older individuals associated use of the stick brush with the Islamic practice of cleansing before prayer. When unable to find stick brushes in the U.S., many adopted the Western toothbrush.

Author(s): 
Adams, Jo Hunter
Young, Samorga
Laird, Lance D.
Geltman, Paul L.
Cochran, Jennifer J.
Hassan, Ahmed
Egal, Fadumo
Paasche-Orlow, Michael K.
Barnes, Linda L.

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