Cochrane Oral Health receives NIHR Cochrane Incentive Scheme award

Cochrane Oral Health has been selected to receive a NIHR Cochrane Incentive Scheme award to facilitate completion of its priority new review, Mechanical interdental cleaning for preventing and controlling periodontal diseases and dental caries.

The new review, which consolidates and expands the scope of previous Cochrane reviews on flossing and interdental brushing, was identified as a clinically important topic during Cochrane Oral Health's recent prioritisation process.

Mechanical interdental cleaning devices (flossing, interdental brushing, tooth cleaning sticks and stimulators, oral irrigators) are widely recommended and advertised; however, uncertainty remains whether mechanical interdental cleaning as an addition to toothbrushing is effective in controlling periodontal diseases (gingivitis and periodontitis), dental caries and dental plaque. 

The review will also explore whether any one type of interdental cleaning procedure is superior to others, their risks of harm (adverse effects), and if their  effects are the same in primary and permanent teeth.

Trevor Johnson, a Postgraduate Dental Tutor at the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) in London is leading an international review team comprised of authors from Canada, Croatia, the Netherlands, and the UK. 

The review will be published on the Cochrane Library in November 2018.