Evidently Advent Day 3: best health evidence wrapped up for the festive season!

Editor’s note: This post has been left available to view, as an example of our experiments with sharing evidence in creative ways, but please note that, unlike our normal blogs, it has not been updated and so may not represent the latest Cochrane evidence.

What’s the best present you can give your teeth?

Thanks to Jo and the team at the Cochrane Oral Health Group for contributing to Evidently Advent!

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Riley P, Lamont T. Triclosan/copolymer containing toothpastes for oral health. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2013, Issue 12. Art. No.: CD010514. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD010514.pub2 – See more at: http://summaries.cochrane.org/CD010514/ORAL_triclosancopolymer-containing-toothpastes-for-oral-health#sthash.rS5EeGgt.dpuf

Editor’s note: This Cochrane Review will not be updated given that as far as we are aware toothpaste containing triclosan is no longer commercially available as of early 2019

Yaacob M, Worthington HV, Deacon SA, Deery C, Walmsley A, Robinson PG, Glenny A. Powered versus manual toothbrushing for oral health. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2014, Issue 6. Art. No.: CD002281. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD002281.pub3 – See more at: http://summaries.cochrane.org/CD002281/ORAL_poweredelectric-toothbrushes-compared-to-manual-toothbrushes-for-maintaining-oral-health#sthash.lpFw936w.dpuf

Sambunjak D, Nickerson JW, Poklepovic T, Johnson TM, Imai P, Tugwell P, Worthington HV. Flossing for the management of periodontal diseases and dental caries in adults. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2011, Issue 12. Art. No.: CD008829. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD008829.pub2 – See more at: http://summaries.cochrane.org/CD008829/ORAL_flossing-to-reduce-gum-disease-and-tooth-decay#sthash.I7cWJYtm.dpufWant to know more about this evidence?

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Evidently Advent Day 3: best health evidence wrapped up for the festive season! by Jo Weldon

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2 Comments on this post

  1. This is a beautiful prezi and a beautiful story of how to choose a Christmas gift even though I am quite sure that I am personally not going to use this decision process for my gifts. I hate to spoil this relaxed and peaceful Christmas sphere with questions but I hope that Santa Claus does not mind and still will come with presents. I just take the risk. I wondered about these percentages: 8% reduction of what and is this comparable across reviews? Could it be that 8% in one review is similar to a 20% reduction in another review? In addition, what is the comparison here? Are there any drawbacks to these alternatives such as side-effects or differences in costs? As a baby-molar, I have toothpaste already but not an electric toothbrush. Actually, I had rather have a fancy electrical toothbrush and I would be the envy of all my baby-molar sisters and brothers. Wouldn’t that be a much better choice then?

    Jos Verbeek / Reply
    • Thank you so much for your feedback Jos. We’re immensely pleased to hear that you enjoyed our evidence-based Christmas comic.

      We deliberately chose to make the comic as non-technical as possible so that anyone would be able to understand the core message of the interventions’ comparative effectiveness (of plaque, gingivitis and caries outcomes), but we’re very pleased that it has piqued your interest to know more about the findings of our research.

      The “8% reduction” that you queried refers to an 8% reduction in gingivitis attributed to 6 months’ use of floss (in addition to toothbrushing, compared to toothbrushing alone).

      In earlier versions we had included the standardised mean difference for each outcome, but omitted them latterly as we didn’t want to confuse readers who had no statistical understanding.

      In the final frame of the comic, you can click on the links to visit the full reviews where you’ll be able to find all relevant information relating to the comparisons investigated and adverse effects.

      Limited reporting of cost within included studies prevented these reviews from providing cost data, but we hope to be able to report on this secondary outcome in future updates.

      Thanks again for your feedback, and we hope you find the full reviews equally useful. Wishing you a very merry Christmas from all of us at the editorial base.

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