(PRWEB) January 8, 2007
Midentistry has launched a new extended edition of the Evidence-based Compendium on Minimum Intervention (MI) in Dentistry on its website: http://www.midentistry.com/academia.html
This 2nd edition has evolved from its predecessor in eBook/PDF format into an interactive knowledge and communication tool, dedicated to the ever-increasing evidence base for MI in Dentistry.
The new MI Compendium now provides its chapters in threefold: as online page, printable PDF document and as downloadable PowerPoint presentation. In order to assist in building a "MI community" and connecting MI interested users all over the world, it is now combined with communication software, news ticker and live world-map indicating current MI centres.
The MI Compendium has been developed as comprehensive systematic literature review concerning Minimum Intervention Dentistry (MI) and provides an overview over the current evidence base for MI. It aims to assist in the development of evidence based undergraduate MI courses and to be source of information for the general dental practitioner.
The compendium has been developed and is continuously updated by dental academics and practitioners from four dental schools in Brasilia, Johannesburg and Sao Paulo. Its underlying systematic review of scientific publications according to Evidence-based standards comprises the search of 11 main databases (including Cochrane Library, PubMed, Lilacs) and the review of identified articles published in English, German, Portuguese and Spanish. So far, over 25 individual MI concepts have been included:
Saliva based caries risk assessment, Diagnodent, Chlorhexidine, Dental Chewing Gum, Tooth Mousse, GIC Fissure sealing, Carisolv, ART vs Amalgam, The Wand, GIC antibacterial action, QLF, Dental Microscope for caries diagnosis, Triclosan, Ozone, Diammine silver fluoride, GIC hypermineralisation /remineralisation, Air abrasion, Sono-abrasion, Laser treatment, Sandwich technique, Bacteria (SM, LB) tests-, Sugar intake- Past caries experience for caries risk prediction
MI is a philosophy of professional care, concerned with risk, earliest detection and earliest possible treatment of disease on micro (molecular) levels, followed by the most minimal invasive and patient friendly options to repair irreversible damages caused by such disease. MI aims to empower patients (through information, skills and motivation) to be in charge of their own oral health, so that they only require minimal intervention from the dental profession.
Evidence-based dentistry aims to encourage dentists to make clinical decisions based on good evidence used in conjunction with their clinical expertise. The Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, Oxford has provided well-accepted guidelines on how to rate the quality and strength of published papers that deal with interventions for therapy, diagnosis or prognosis. Much of these principles have been adopted for use in the MI Compendium.