The following papers were published recently by P&G researchers and external collaborators. Click the links to learn more.
100% of gingivitis subjects moved to a healthy periodontal state with use of oral hygiene regimen
A 12-week clinical trial showed an oral hygiene regimen consisting of the Oral-B iO oscillating-rotating electric toothbrush, bioavailable stannous fluoride (SnF2) dentifrice, cetylpyridinium chloride rinse, and floss was highly effective at reducing gingival bleeding. After 12 weeks, 100% of subjects using the experimental oral hygiene routine transitioned from “gingivitis” (> 10% bleeding sites) to a “healthy” periodontal state (< 10% bleeding sites) compared to only 7% in the control group using a manual toothbrush and standard fluoride toothpaste. The regimen group demonstrated 91.9% reduction in adjusted mean number of bleeding sites versus 21.7% for the control group as well as producing significantly greater whole-mouth, interproximal, and gingival margin plaque reductions versus the control. The paper appears in the Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry.
Denture adhesive prevents gum abrasions in full denture wearers
A recent two-treatment, two-period, crossover clinical study showed Fixodent denture adhesive was effective at preventing gum abrasions in full denture wearers following a peanut challenge. Use of adhesive resulted in 62.8% fewer lesions and 84.1% smaller lesions over Days 2 and 3 when compared to no adhesive use (p<0.05). Adhesive use also significantly reduced the number of lesions by 59% and size of lesions by 77.5% after first product use compared to no adhesive use (p<0.04). The research was presented at the 2021 IADR meeting.
New Infographic: effects of stannous fluoride dentifrice for sensitivity and erosion protection
A new 2-page infographic summarizes findings from meta-analyses of 14 randomized controlled trials (RCTs) evaluating P&G SnF2 dentifrices for dentinal hypersensitivity relief and 6 RCTs for enamel erosion protection. Results were published in the Journal of Dentistry. For sensitivity, SnF2 toothpastes provided a 57% (thermal) and 142% (tactile) benefit versus negative controls. Compared to positive controls, a 22% advantage was seen for thermal sensitivity. For erosion, SnF2 toothpastes provided an 83% benefit versus arginine or sodium fluoride toothpastes protecting the enamel surface from acid damage using a profilometry method.
Research shows gingival health benefits of oral hygiene behavior change intervention
A new publication in the Journal of Dentistry by researchers at the University of Bristol, King’s College and the University of Warwick showed an oral hygiene behavior change intervention improved gingival health compared to a control after 3 months. In a sub-analysis, use of an Oral-B oscillating-rotating electric toothbrush led to reduced bleeding on probing versus a manual brush. The findings of this study highlight the importance of prioritizing oral hygiene guidance to help patients achieve the right self-care behaviors for oral health and the critical role the dental professional plays in delivering such interventions. The research was supported by a grant from Procter & Gamble.
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.
Oral Hard Tissue Disease and Home Care Management
Check out this interactive CE course entitled Oral Hard Tissue Disease and Home Care Management. The course provides an overview of hard tissue disease, factors that influence the disease process, and evidence-based self-care prevention practices. Patient cases are included as knowledge checks.
Why a Healthy Mouth Can Lead to Better Health
Dental professionals know there’s a relationship between a healthy mouth and a healthy body, but many patients are unaware of the connection. Scientific American created a 2-minute video to educate patients on the emerging science connecting oral and overall health.
An independent report by The Economist - Time to Take Gum Disease Seriously
Providing Oral Health Education during COVID-19: Current Practices and Recommendations
Scientific American: 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