Cochrane Oral Health needs you! Help us set our priorities for the next five years

Cochrane Oral Health is currently undertaking a priority setting exercise, and we are looking for your feedback on what are the most important questions to answer in taking care of the mouth, teeth and gums.

Why do you need to know my opinion?
We want our research to focus on questions that are important to patients and to the public, as well as dentists and other healthcare workers. We need to know what questions still need to be answered so that we prioritise our resources on research that is important to people, and new research that hasn’t been done yet.

What will you do with my answers?
The answers you give will be collected and we will develop questions to answer out of the data. We will then look at these and see if any of them have already been answered by a Cochrane review. 

If there are questions that we haven’t answered yet, we will put those forward to an expert panel and we may develop them into a new Cochrane review. If a Cochrane review on the question already exists, we will make sure that the Cochrane review is kept up-to-date and the results made available to as wide an audience as possible.

The questions are voluntary, and you can skip any questions if you do not want to answer them. We are not collecting any information that might identify you personally, all of the responses will be kept anonymous. We may use the data from your answers in reports, but we will never disclose your identity.

What do you mean by oral health?
We are interested in any aspect of taking care of your mouth, teeth, or gums; or how you feel about visiting the dentist, hygienist, orthodontist or oral surgeon. We are also interested in dental products you might buy over the counter, and those that your dentist might recommend.

If you take care of someone else’s mouth, whether that’s a child, an elderly person or someone with special needs, we are interested in any questions you may have about that too.

The conditions and diseases we look at include:

  • Tooth decay
  • Gum disease
  • Mouth cancer
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Removing wisdom teeth
  • Facial pain
  • The way cancer treatment can affect your mouth
  • Crooked teeth or jaws
  • Cleft lip and palate
  • Missing or no teeth

How can I contribute?
Let us know which questions you think are important by filling in our feedback form, here. Find out more about how we’re choosing priority questions, here. If you’d like to be kept up to date on what we’re doing, or which questions get selected, join our mailing list.