by TOM PAGONIS
First introduced in 2007 and activated by FDI World Dental Federation in March of 2013, World Oral Health Day is observed annually on the 20th of March. It serves as the launching point of a year-long campaign designed to showcase and bring better global awareness of oral health and oral hygiene as part of maintaining general health (1).
Cochrane Oral Health, one of the most prestigious international centers of evidence-based systematic reviews and research information embraces World Oral Health Day. This year Cochrane Oral Health updates their 2013 Review "Routine scale and polish for periodontal health in adults" (2). Of interest and as outlined by Dr. Thomas Lamont, the lead author: "The updated review shows that providing scale and polish treatment when the dentist deems it appropriate or when the patient requests it, does not result in poorer oral health outcomes after 2 to 3 years than providing scale and polish treatments on a predetermined 6- or 12-monthly schedule" (3).
Read more about the featured Cochrane review here.