Our research findings

eviDent Foundation facilitates dental practice-based research for better oral health.

012 – Diet advice in the dental setting

  • Prior to the training, the majority of dentists often provided dietary advice and agreed that they were confident to do so
  • The majority of dentists found that the online training module had clear learning objectives, was easy to navigate and were satisfied with the module
  • Following the training, dentists felt slightly more confident providing dietary advice

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011 – OHPs’ knowledge and beliefs about the potential causes of oral cancer

The project found:

  • There is a need for additional education and professional training for oral health professionals
  • Further training in oral cancer screening practice and patient advice-giving will be an important step in improving prevention and early detection of oral cancers

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009 – Evaluation of the health promoting practices pilot project

The project found:

  • Health promotion was generally viewed positively by patients and practitioners, with both indicating that they preferred the specific health promotion advice be related to the type of practitioner involved in that discussion
  • There are opportunities to increase practitioner confidence in delivering health promotion messages, through the provision of education and supporting resources

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008 – Investigation of the longevity of anterior resin bonded bridges

Results of this study indicate a high survival rate of anterior resin bonded bridges provided by a group of clinicians in Melbourne from 1990 to 2012. The simple and affordable ARBBs with two different modified tooth preparation designs performed well with a survival rate of 98% at five years. There was no significant difference in the survival of ARBBs between the two design preparations.

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007 – Understanding the relationship between dental professionalism and Preferred Providers status

The project found:

  • Preferred provider schemes impact on dentists’ decision-making autonomy and potentially influence the development of trust and rapport within the dentist-patient relationship
  • A need to develop strategies to respond to altered work conditions

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006 – Diagnosis, treatment and maintenance of periodontal patients by general dentists

The project:

  • Found that Victorian dentists who took part in this study are using the appropriate clinical parameters to diagnose periodontal disease
  • Found that the diagnosis of periodontal disease by the practitioners that took part is generally accurate, but with a tendency to over-diagnose moderate periodontitis as severe
  • Will help in understanding decision-making criteria used in practice regarding periodontal
  • therapy
  • Will aid the design of further studies looking at the effectiveness of the treatment of periodontal diseases

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005 – Children’s dental program

The project found that the targeted school dental check-up program was beneficial for increasing child dental access and retention for referred follow-up dental appointments and treatment. The second stage (project 10) has commenced.

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004 – The PREVENT study: Reducing the X factor – understanding the relationship between general practice prescribing and xerostomia

The project successfully created and used a model that helped GMPs to identify patients at risk of dry mouth, diagnose dry mouth and implement a dry mouth management program that included improved communication between GMPs and dental professionals.

The project developed:

  • An education program to show GMPs how to identify patients at risk of oral health problems caused by dry mouth, and improve patient oral and general health outcomes through enhanced knowledge
  • Fact sheets for practitioners and patients: ‘What is dry mouth?’ and ‘Managing dry mouth’

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003 – Molar incisor hypomineralisation

The project:

  • Provided a detailed description of six characteristics of hypomineralisation of first
  • permanent molars (FPMs) and permanent incisors. The condition was found to conform to a spectrum of increasing severity from MH to MIH
  • Produced an information sheet about MH
  • Found that the trial of the MHSI was predictive of treatment undertaken for affected FPMs and the Index can guide clinical management of affected children

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002 – A five-year retrospective assay of implant

The project found that most complications appeared within the first year. Patient demographics showed that practitioners are treating an older seminal population than often reported in clinical trials. Their patients have a complex medical history and are taking multiple medications. Provision of single units was far greater than larger more complex restorations and the understanding of implant care needs to reflect the proportion of prescription of these. The findings will allow the development of practitioner guidelines for treatment planning, case management and complication management.

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001 – Evaluation of eviDent

The project found that practitioners reported personal, practice and societal benefits of eviDent involvement and challenges to participation were few. A series of recommendations for improvements to eviDent were made to the DPBRN Committee, and were designed to encourage greater participation by the profession. 

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