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New Publications

The following papers were published recently by P&G researchers and external collaborators. Click the links to learn more.

Time to take gum disease seriously
An independent report by The Economist entitled Time to Take Gum Disease Seriously – The Societal & Economic Impact of Periodontitis, covers the economic and human costs of periodontal disease in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the UK. This report takes a unique approach in evaluating the health cost benefits of preventing and treating periodontal disease and associated conditions. The analysis shows billions of Euros can be saved if prevention of gingival inflammation is prioritized over treatment. These findings can be used to influence policy makers to support prevention of periodontal disease and improve oral health. The report was supported by The European Federation of Periodontology and P&G.
A scientific approach to cleaning your mouth

P&G has partnered with Scientific American and its Custom Media Division to explore the latest research connecting oral health and overall health. As part of the year-long partnership, Oral-B and Scientific American Custom Media are releasing a series of content, including educational resources from leading medical and dental researchers to help readers better understand the connections between oral health and whole body health. Articles cover topics such as:

- the role of plaque biofilm in the progression of periodontal disease and the benefits of prevention via regular oral hygiene

- the influence that microbial communities in the mouth have on our general health

- evidence connecting oral health to diabetes and cardiovascular diseases

- how periodontal disease may trigger, and worsen, Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis and colon cancer

Periodontal Disease
A 2-year randomized controlled trial showed an oral hygiene regimen (OHR) - consisting of an oscillating-rotating electric toothbrush, bioavailable stannous fluoride dentifrice, cetylpyridinium chloride rinse, and floss - produced significant periodontal health improvements versus regular control products (sodium fluoride dentifrice and manual toothbrush) among adults with established gingivitis and early periodontitis. The mean number of bleeding sites, Modified Gingival Index scores and Probing Pocket Depth (PPD) scores were significantly lower at each visit for the OHR versus control by 28-39%, 12-18%, and 6-13%, respectively (p≤0.001). The magnitude of reduction in median number of ≥ 2 mm PPD loss events for OHR versus control group at 24 months was 74%. This study was published in the Canadian Journal of Dental Hygiene.
Stannous-containing dentifrice reduces gingival bleeding and balances the oral microbiome
A recent paper published in mBio discovered a 'sub-optimal health' stage as early as 24-72 hours after the cessation of oral hygiene, characterized by a steep decrease of “good oral bacteria” and beneficial anti-inflammation chemicals and a profound increase of gingivitis-prone bacteria and salivary cytokines. A follow-up study, appearing in the American Journal of Dentistry , demonstrated the effectiveness of Crest Oral-B stannous-containing dentifrice in promoting enrichment of healthy oral microflora and reduction of pathogenic bacteria. In the 2-week study, experimental and control stannous-containing fluoride dentifrices significantly reduced gingival bleeding and promoted a shift in the oral microbiome towards those generally associated with oral health in a subject population with self-reported sub-optimal oral health at baseline.
Strong Teeth Makes Strong Kids
Four new papers by researchers at the University of Leeds review the feasibility and acceptance of the “Strong Teeth” pediatric oral health intervention. Current evidence suggests that dental teams need further support, training and resources to have effective oral health discussions with parents of young children. This P&G-sponsored intervention was developed by the University of Leeds to help dental teams undertake behavior change conversations with parents and care givers of children 0-5 years of age. The study protocol was initially published in Pilot and Feasibility Studies. The second paper by Bhatti et al, summarizes qualitative research that found a positive reaction to the “Strong Teeth” program. Parents and the dental team appreciated the resources and the Oral-B electric toothbrush provided as part of the intervention, noting they were easy to implement. The third paper makes practical recommendations for clinical practices to deliver oral health advice based on a qualitative supplementary analysis. The final paper, by Giles et al., summarizes quantitative findings of the early-phase study, which confirms the feasibility and acceptance of the "Strong Teeth" intervention for dental teams and parents of young children.
IADR Presentations

P&G-sponsored research was the subject of 10 presentations at the 2021 Virtual IADR meeting. Two featured presentations include:

- A 12-week clinical trial showing significantly greater plaque and gingivitis reductions for Oral-B iO oscillating-rotating electric toothbrush with the Gentle Care brush head used in sensitive mode compared to a manual toothbrush. 92% of subjects in the Gentle Care group transitioned from having local or generalized gingivitis to periodontal health after 12 weeks compared with only 24% in the manual brush control group (p < 0.001)

- Research in undisturbed human biofilm showing active penetration and toxin neutralization efficacy were significantly greater with Crest Oral-B stannous fluoride + citrate dentifrice than with two in-market stannous fluoride dentifrices.

Continuing Education Opportunities

We highlight several global continuing education opportunities across the industry to enhance your knowledge and skills. In addition to the activities below, dentalcare.com offers a library of more than 150 FREE dental continuing education courses. Please check local guidelines to determine if credit hours are applicable.

Providing Oral Health Education during COVID-19: Current Practices and Recommendations
Oral hygiene instruction is more important now than ever. This new interactive CE course will provide dental practitioners with strategies to effectively educate patients about oral hygiene during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaker Resource

Rethink Toothbrush Recommendations
In “Rethink Your Toothbrush Recommendations”, Dr. Greg Asatrian and Dr. Boris Atlas review the literature comparing oscillating-rotating toothbrushes to sonic and manual toothbrushes to help you make evidence-based recommendations.
Is Stannous Fluoride the Unicorn of Fluorides?
In “Is Stannous Fluoride the Unicorn of Fluorides?”, Dr. Samuel St. John and Dr. Ward Noble explain why stannous fluoride is such a unique and powerful fluoride based on science.

Archived Newsletters

Continuing Education Opportunities
A free webinar by The British Society of Dental Hygiene & Therapy entitled "Should we be doing things differently? A forum on Evidence-Based Dentistry in the Covid-19 Era" is available for On Demand viewing. Speakers include Professor Mike Lewis, Professor Filippo Graziani and Julie Deverick. Oral-B sponsored the webinar. The On Demand webinar is for learning purposes only, not continuing education credit.
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In a 6-month randomized controlled trial, Oral-B iO showed statistically significantly greater gingivitis and plaque reductions versus Sonicare DiamondClean when both brushes were used in smart-connected mode. Significantly more subjects using Oral-B iO (96.4% ) versus those using the sonic brush (81.8%) transitioned to a generally healthy gingivitis case status (< 10% bleeding sites) after 6 months. The research was conducted with All Sum Research Center and was published in the American Journal of Dentistry.
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A recent paper summarizes 3 investigations confirming use of Test Drive, with either Oral-B iO or Oral-B Genius, only produces splatter and not aerosol-sized matter (particles <50μm diameter) in the dental clinic. Dental professionals can safely use these brushes without risk of aerosolization for intra-oral education purposes with patients following standard infection control procedures. the paper was published in the Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health by P&G researchers in collaboration with co-authors from Cardiff University and the University of Pisa.
Continuing Education Opportunities
To start its 35th Anniversary activities, the International Federation of Dental Hygienists presents the 2021 IFDH Global Oral Health Summit, a virtual event, featuring influential worldwide leaders and stakeholders in Oral Health, Public Health, Education, Research, Public Policy and Industry - collaborating on the role of the Dental Hygienist in the "oral health team" and the "multi-disciplinary team." The event will include presentations from leaders of the ACFF, EDHF, FDI, IADR and WHO. P&G is proud to be a Gold Sponsor. 5 CE Credits are Provided. There is a small fee to register.
Continuing Education Opportunities
dentalcare.com is pleased to offer 3 FREE interactive modules for students and practicing dental professionals on the following topics: 1. Virtual Soft Tissue Examination: Application of the 2017 AAP/EFP World Workshop Guidelines 2. Toothpaste: How and why to recommend 3. Electric toothbrushes: Benefits, Evidence and Impactful Recommendations The modules are for learning purposes only, not continuing education credit.