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Cochrane Oral Health Group

Merry Christmas from the Cochrane Oral Health Group

At the end of 2014, after another successful year of publications (6 new protocols, 7 new reviews, and 10 review updates), COHG now has a total of 212 publications (152 reviews, 60 protocols) on The Cochrane Library.

We would like to take the opportunity to thank all our authors, editors, referees and translators for their contribution in publishing Cochrane protocols and reviews.

We recognise it is a long, challenging and arduous process to be involved in (taking at least 2 years from title registration to publication as a full Cochrane Review), but we believe it is wholly worthwhile to have the opportunity to impact policy and practice across the world, by contributing to the production of gold-standard evidence-based research.

We wish you a very merry Christmas break, and our best wishes to you for the year ahead in 2015.

To celebrate, we've produced an evidence-based Christmas comic, which we hope you'll enjoy and share. Please click to view (opens in a new window):

If you'd like to find out more about what we've published this year, please scroll down the page:

In January 2014 (Issue 1), COHG published:
New protocol
- Home-use whitening toothpastes for whitening teeth in adults Brennan MM, Hallas D, Jacobs SK, Robbins M, Northridge M.

In February 2014 (Issue 2), COHG published:
Updated reviews
- Replacement versus repair of defective restorations in adults: amalgam Sharif MO, Merry A, Catleugh M, Tickle M, Brunton P, Dunne SM, Aggarwal VR, Chong LY.
- Replacement versus repair of defective restorations in adults: resin composite Sharif MO, Catleugh M, Merry A, Tickle M, Dunne SM, Brunton P, Aggarwal VR, Chong LY.

In March 2014 (Issue 3), COHG published:
New review
- Direct composite resin fillings versus amalgam fillings for permanent or adult posterior teeth Rasines Alcaraz MG, Veitz-Keenan A, Sahrmann P, Schmidlin PR, Davis D, Iheozor-Ejiofor Z.
New protocols
- Interventions for increasing acceptance of local anaesthetic in children having dental treatment Monteiro J, Tanday A, Ashley PF, Parekh S, Petrie A.
- Interventions for the management of oral ulcers in Behçet's disease Taylor J, Brocklehurst P, Walsh T, Riley P, Glenny A-M, Gorodkin R, Pemberton MN.

In April 2014 (Issue 4), COHG published:
New review
- Interventions for iatrogenic inferior alveolar and lingual nerve injury Coulthard P, Kushnerev E, Yates JM, Walsh T, Patel N, Bailey E, Renton TF.
New protocol
- CAD/CAM versus traditional indirect methods in the fabrication of inlays, onlays, and crowns Oen KT, Veitz-Keenan A, Spivakovsky S, Wong YJ, Bakarman E, Yip J.

In May 2014 (Issue 5), COHG published:
Updated review (Conclusions changed)
- Interventions for replacing missing teeth: augmentation procedures of the maxillary sinus Esposito M, Felice P, Worthington HV.
New protocol
- Management of gag reflex for patients undergoing dental treatment Eachempati P, Kumbargere Nagraj S, Renjith George P, Karanth L, Soe HHK.

In June 2014 (Issue 6), COHG published:
New review
- Systemic antibiotics for symptomatic apical periodontitis and acute apical abscess in adults Cope A, Francis N, Wood F, Mann MK, Chestnutt IG.
Updated review
- Powered versus manual toothbrushing for oral health Yaacob M, Worthington HV, Deacon SA, Deery C, Walmsley AD, Robinson PG, Glenny A-M.

In July 2014 (Issue 7), COHG published:
New reviews
- Surgical techniques for the removal of mandibular wisdom teeth Coulthard P, Bailey E, Esposito M, Furness S, Renton TF, Worthington HV.
Updated review
- Interventions for replacing missing teeth: different types of dental implants Esposito M, Ardebili Y, Worthington HV.

In August 2014 (Issue 8), COHG published:
New review
- Periodontal therapy for the management of cardiovascular disease in patients with chronic periodontitis Li C, Lv Z, Shi Z, Zhu Y, Wu Y, Li L, Iheozor-Ejiofor Z.
Updated reviews (Conclusions changed)
- Orthodontic treatment for posterior crossbites Agostino P, Ugolini A, Signori A, Silvestrini-Biavati A, Harrison JE, Riley P.
- Pulp treatment for extensive decay in primary teeth Smaïl-Faugeron V, Courson F, Durieux P, Muller-Bolla M, Glenny A-M, Fron Chabouis H.
- Reinforcement of anchorage during orthodontic brace treatment with implants or other surgical methods Jambi S, Walsh T, Sandler J, Benson PE, Skeggs RM, O'Brien KD.

In September 2014 (Issue 9), COHG published:
New review
- Interventions for the management of oral ulcers in Behçet's disease Taylor J, Glenny A-M, Walsh T, Brocklehurst P, Riley P, Gorodkin R, Pemberton MN.
Updated review
- Orthodontic and orthopaedic treatment for anterior open bite in children Lentini-Oliveira DA, Carvalho FR, Rodrigues CG, Ye Q, Prado LBF, Prado GF, Hu R.   

COHG did not publish within Issue 10 of The Cochrane Library (October 2014).

In November 2014 (Issue 11), COHG published:
New review
- Interventions for the management of taste disturbances Kumbargere Nagraj S, Naresh S, Srinivas K, Renjith George P, Shrestha A, Levenson D, Ferraiolo DM.
Updated review
- Slow-release fluoride devices for the control of dental decay Chong LY, Clarkson JE, Dobbyn-Ross L, Bhakta S.

In December 2014 (Issue 12), COHG published:
New protocol
- Autologous platelet concentrates for treatment of periodontal defects Del Fabbro M, Panda S, Jayakumar ND, Sankari M, Varghese S, Ramamoorthi S, Ceci C, Ceresoli V, Taschieri S.
COHG is delighted that our priority review, Interventions for the treatment of oral and oropharyngeal cancers: targeted therapy and immunotherapy, has been selected to receive an NIHR Incentive Award.

We look forward to bringing you a systematic review of the available evidence on this important topic in 2015.

Watch our video about COHG's work

During 2014, we launched our new video on YouTube, showcasing the work of the Group and the Global Alliance, featuring joint Co-ordinating Editors Professors Helen Worthington and Jan Clarkson, Editors Anne-Marie Glenny and Philip Riley, and faculty from our Global Alliance Partners at New York University.

Please use the following link to share the video with your colleagues and patients:

Lastly, COHG launched an evidence summaries section of the website for patients to use to inform their decision-making. The first section is on tooth decay/caries, with other areas of concern to be added in the near future.

Please click on the link to find out more:
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