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P781  Editorial:  A Special issue on Oral Health by T Burke

Welcome to this special issue of Dental Update on the wide variety of facets that contribute to oral health, published to coincide with Mouth Cancer Action Month 2020.   Read more


P784  Guest Editorial:  Oral health: 2030 vision by N Carter OBE, B Atkins

In the 50 years since the formation of the Oral Health Foundation, there have been huge advances in the oral health of the nation. However, a fundamental shift in mindset and attitude, from both the public and the profession, is needed, with a greater focus on the prevention of oral diseases....  Read more

P786  Guest Editorial:  Mouth cancer – what is it to me and you? by M Lewis

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The single most important factor in improving mouth cancer survival rates is detecting a tumour before it has reached 2 cm in diameter and has not metastasized to the lymph nodes. Clear descriptions of the abnormalities are essential in referrals to aid the vetting process. The introduction of the...  Read more

P790  Guest Editorial:  Early Detection of Oral Cancer in General Practice & 30 Years of Searching by A Thomas

This year of 2020, has, without doubt, been momentous. Readers will all have reasons for remembering this year.  Read more

P793  Oral medicine:  Mouth Cancer & Risk Factors and Potentially Malignant Disorders by M Lewis

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The incidence of mouth cancer in the UK has increased more than 30% during the past decade and the overall 5-year survival remains poor, at approximately 55%. A number of risk factors for mouth cancer has been identified, and all dental professionals should be aware of these, and, where possible,...  Read more

P802  Dental Photography:  Dental photography: a practical guide by L Mackenzie, M Sharland

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The use of photography in dentistry is well established. Progressive technological improvements and dedicated training and practice in the use of specialized dental photography equipment enables novice clinical photographers to quickly become as proficient as experienced experts. The range of...  Read more

P813  Restorative dentistry:  The prevention of tooth wear by SB Mehta, S Banerji

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With adult dentitions being retained for longer, issues relating to the wear of teeth are increasingly becoming of relevance to the general dental practitioner. As with any treatment plan, prevention is a fundamental and an important stage in the management of tooth wear. This article outlines the...  Read more

P823  Restorative dentistry:  The assessment and minimally invasive management of existing restorations by IR Blum

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This article provides an overview of current knowledge and understanding of existing criteria for the assessment of dental restorations and encourages dental practitioners to shift, if not already doing so, to considering minimally invasive interventions for manging deteriorating restorations. The...  Read more

P831  Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery:  Mouth cancer: the maxillofacial surgeon’s perspective by AMC Goodson, S Parmar, P Praveen, M Idle, T Martin

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This article summarizes current practice according to UK guidelines for the management of oral cancer from the perspective of the oral and maxillofacial surgeon. The article discusses the patient pathway, starting with recognition of sinister features by the general dental practitioner in primary...  Read more

P841  Caries Management:  Minimally invasive selective caries removal put into practice by B Dawett, S Young, C Deery, A Banerjee

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Dental caries remains a significant health problem globally, causing morbidity in those affected and consuming health resources. The management of caries consumes considerable finances both for individuals and the public purse. The scientific understanding of the dental caries process has evolved...  Read more

P849  Paediatric dentistry:  A practical guide to caries prevention in children by M Rashid, A Ellis, C Deery

Caries is one of the most common diseases in the world and it is mostly preventable. Caries can have a large impact on a child’s physical, social and mental health. There are a number of clinical interventions available to prevent caries and this article provides a summary of the general guidelines...  Read more

P855  Periodontics/Prevention:  Measuring Oral Health: From Simple Scoring to a Combined Risk-assessment Approach by FJT Burke, L Chapple, M Busby

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The ability to measure oral health is central to successful, patient-oriented clinical practice. In this regard, there have been a variety of definitions of oral health over the years, with the most recent being one by the FDI. Specific quality measures have been designed to assess, for example,...  Read more

P867  Periodontics/Prevention:  Mouth care for head and neck cancer patients – a dental hygienist’s perspective by J Harding

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A proactive approach to the mouth care of head and neck cancer patients, from their initial visit to their discharge, is vitally important. This area of care is complicated by many factors, of which some patients will not be aware when they start their difficult journey. This article is written to...  Read more

P871  Periodontics/Prevention:  The prevention of periodontitis by R Wadia

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Prevention of periodontitis may be primary or secondary. This article summarizes the key steps involved, with a focus on oral hygiene practices, risk factor control, professional mechanical plaque removal and supportive periodontal therapy.  Read more

P878  COVID-19:  Dental practice during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic: two pathfinder documents point the way by L Samaranayake

This edition of the COVID-19 Commentary reviews and summarizes two landmark advisory documents on practising clinical dentistry during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, and beyond.   Read more

P884  Technique Tips:  Mobile dental photography (MDP) by L Mackenzie, M Sharland

The applications for dental photography are continually growing. While digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras may be used to provide outstanding clinical images, the use of smartphone cameras is becoming increasingly popular (in common with all types of photography).  Read more

P887  Letters to the Editor:  Letters to the Editor by DYS Mohamed, DRMSHB Medawela, DNSS Jayasuriya, P Hesketh, A Atherley, K Saber

The authors have clearly explained the impact of COVID-19 to the practice of dentistry around the globe, and how to fulfil our obligation as a profession to ensure high standards of care to patients with urgent treatment needs in the current pandemic. This article basically focuses on robust facial...  Read more