Position Papers, Statements & Standards (2006)

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Oral Disease–Systemic Disease Link. Part I: Heart Disease, Diabetes

November 2006—This CDHA position paper is based on current research on links between oral disease and heart disease, and oral disease and diabetes. The related CDHA position statement is based on this research.

Tooth Brushing

October 2006—This CDHA position paper is based on research on tooth brushing. Research is scarce on several aspects of tooth brushing, disallowing firm conclusions but providing many opportunities for future dental hygiene research. The paper does conclude that rechargeable toothbrushes with an oscillating, rotating (with or without pulsating action) mode of action have been shown to be more effective in removing plaque and improving gingival outcomes than the manual toothbrushes currently available. The position paper also covers the latest research on bristle stiffness, force of brushing, micro-organisms, and worn toothbrushes. The related CDHA position statement is based on this research.

Oral Rinsing

July 2006— This CDHA position paper is based on research on oral rinsing. The position paper reports on the current state of science on oral rinsing with commercially available, over-the-counter, chemotherapeutic formulations for the control of periodontal diseases. The related CDHA position statement is based on this research.

Flossing

July 2006— This CDHA position paper is based on research on flossing. The purpose of this paper is to investigate the current state of the science of flossing as a home-care procedure to control periodontal diseases and gingivitis. Efficacy and compliance in flossing are examined. The related CDHA position statement is based on this research.