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Spring 2018

Our Spring newsletter updates you on our Global Alliance, and features a bumper crop of training opportunities. We've also got news of our latest publications. Keep in touch with us via Facebook and Twitter. You can sign up to our blog to get the latest Cochrane Oral Health evidence updates to your inbox!


Cochrane Oral Health Global Alliance: 2016/7 Report

We are grateful to our Global Alliance partners for their donations, which allow us to increase methodological capacity at the Editorial Base.

The Cochrane Oral Health Global Alliance works strategically with international experts to deliver timely priority reviews. Our partnerships with numerous dental organisations ensure that our research is developed to fit the needs of our stakeholders.

In January, we published a new report on the activities of the Global Alliance, available here. The report contains links which you can click on for more details. Read more.

New Global Alliance Partner for Cochrane Oral Health

In January, a new partner joined Cochrane Oral Health's Global Alliance. Akademie für freiberufliche Selbstverwaltung und Praxismanagement (AS-Akademie) is an educational organization for postgraduate dentists, based in Germany. We thank them for their generous support. Read more.

If you would like to get involved or find out more about the Global Alliance, contact the Editorial Base.

New Cochrane Oral Health podcast available

Cochrane Oral Health's editors Anne-Marie Glenny and Phil Riley have recorded a new podcast, taking you through the evidence on Drugs for preventing dry mouth and problems with saliva after radiotherapy. Listen in here as they explain why this review is important, how it was conducted, and what evidence of benefit or harm was found.

The Nottingham Systematic Review Course

The University of Nottingham in the UK is hosting its annual systematic review course from Tuesday 19th June to Friday 22nd June. The course is a great introduction to systematic review methodology, and is suitable for anyone undertaking a Cochrane-style review.

If you book before Friday 4 May, an 'Early Bird' discount fee of £800 applies. If you book later than this, the fee is £895. Your course fee includes all learning materials, refreshments and lunch every day, plus a farewell evening meal on Thursday 21st June, 2018. For more information, visit the course website.

Translations of Cochrane Oral Health review abstracts in 2017

An important goal of Cochrane's 2020 strategy is to make Cochrane reviews available in languages other than English. The Cochrane translations team made significant progress in 2017, and a total of 144 Cochrane Oral Health review abstracts were translated. There are now a range of abstracts available in Malay, German, Russian and Croatian; and abstracts have also been added in French, simplified Chinese, Polish, traditional Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese and Tamil. Read more.
New and updated publications on the Cochrane Library

New review: Atraumatic restorative treatment versus conventional treatment for managing dental caries

The aim of this review is to evaluate the effects of a minimally invasive approach, namely Atraumatic Restorative Treatment (ART), for the treatment of tooth decay in children and adults (primary and permanent teeth).It found that there is low-quality evidence to suggest that primary teeth treated with the ART approach using high viscosity glass ionomer cement may be more likely than those receiving conventional treatment with the same material to result in restoration failure. Read more.

New review: Supportive periodontal therapy (SPT) for maintaining the dentition in adults treated for periodontitis

This review explored the effects of different SPT approaches in adults previously treated for periodontitis. The very limited amount of evidence did not confirm that any one approach was better than another to improve tooth maintenance during SPT. Low- to very low-quality evidence suggests that adjunctive treatments may not provide any additional benefit for SPT compared with mechanical debridement alone. Read more.

Review update: Orthodontic treatment for prominent upper front teeth (Class II malocclusion) in children and adolescents

This review considered the evidence on the timing of orthodontic treatment, and the effectiveness of different types of orthodontic appliance. The team found that treating Class II malocclusion at an early stage (before age 11) may have benefits in limiting trauma to the front incisors. But there was not enough evidence to determine which type of orthodontic appliance was most effective. Read more.

Review update: Interventions for treating post-extraction bleeding

This updated review looks how to treat bleeding after tooth removal, where bleeding continues without clot formation, or lasts beyond 8-12 hours. We searched the literature up to 24 January 2018, but could not find any randomized controlled trials that met the inclusion criteria for this review. Read more.

Review update: Slow release fluoride devices for the control of dental decay

This updated review looks at slow-release fluoride devices, and examines whether or not they prevent dental decay. The review only found one trial, which looked at slow-dissolving glass beads which adhere to the teeth. There was insufficient evidence to reach a conclusion on this question. Read more.

New protocol: Sealants for preventing dental caries in primary teeth

This is a protocol for a new review, which will evaluate the effects of sealants in preventing pit and fissure caries in primary molars. Although the effectiveness of sealants for preventing decay in permanent teeth is well-established, there is little evidence of their effectiveness in primary dentition. Read more.

New protocol: Aids for mechanical cleaning of teeth with fixed braces

This new review will evaluate the effects of additional aids to dental cleaning in patients undergoing fixed orthodontic treatment. Dental aids will be compared with toothbrushing alone for the prevention and control of dental plaque, periodontal diseases (gingivitis and periodontitis), white spot lesions (demineralisation) and dental caries. Read more.


This quarter, our reviews have been translated into Croatian, French, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese, Malay, Tamil and Spanish. Find out more on our December, January and February translations pages! 

A podcast of our review: Oral hygiene interventions for preventing ventilator- associated pneumonia is now available in Spanish, here.

A podcast of Fluoride mouthrinses for preventing dental caries in children and adolescents is available in Malay, here.


Upcoming training opportunities

Systematic reviews of diagnostic studies
4-5 April, Vienna, Austria

Economic evaluation for oncology
24 April, York, UK

Writing a systematic review following Cochrane methods
2-4 May, Adelaide, Australia

Making an economic case to the NHS
16 May, York, UK

RA3: Analysis methods for systematic reviews
22 May, Oxford, UK

RA4: Advanced topics in the analysis and reporting of systematic reviews
23 May, Oxford, UK

Face-to-Face course on systematic review and meta-analysis of prognosis studies
28 May-1 June, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Face-to-face course on systematic reviews and meta-analysis of individual participant data
25-29 June, Utrecht, The Netherlands

International summer course in prognosis research: concepts, methods and clinical application
25-27 June, Keele, UK

Methods for evaluating medical tests and biomarkers
2-3 July, Utrecht, Netherlands


Cochrane Learning Live presents the following webinars which you can join online - sign up is free of charge.
Challenges in conducting systematic reviews in developing countries
May 8, 2018
Damian Francis, Tropical Medicine Research Institute, University of the West Indies
Sign up here.

Qualitative evidence synthesis
June 14, 2018
Jane Noyes, School of Social Sciences, University of Bangor, UK
Sign up here.

Cochrane Colloquium

Registration is now open for the 25th Cochrane Colloquium. 

The Cochrane Colloquium is an annual event, bringing people together from around the world to discuss research into important global health questions and promote evidence-informed health care.  This year the theme is ‘Cochrane for all - better evidence for better health decisions’.  It is a Patients Included event, co-designed, co-produced and co-presented by healthcare consumers, where everyone’s input is valued equally. It will take place from 16-18 September 2018, and members of the editorial team will be attending. Join us in bonny Scotland!

Register on the Colloquium website. Early birds get a £200 discount for registering before 15 June 2018.

Cochrane Canada Symposium

Registration is now open for the 2018 Cochrane Canada Annual Symposium. It will take place in Calgary, on June 6-7.

The Cochrane Canada Symposium 2018, co-hosted with the Alberta SPOR SUPPORT Unit Knowledge Translation Platform, is about forging ahead into new horizons to develop fit-for-purpose evidence syntheses, carry out effective knowledge translation, and create lasting impacts on health care and health.

To register for Cochrane Canada Symposium 2018, please click here. To submit an abstract for Cochrane Canada Symposium 2018, please click here. If you have any questions, regarding registration or abstract submissions, please contact:

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