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Critique of the review of 'Water fluoridation for the prevention of dental caries' published by the Cochrane Collaboration in 2015

Overview of attention for article published in British Dental Journal, April 2016
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Title
Critique of the review of 'Water fluoridation for the prevention of dental caries' published by the Cochrane Collaboration in 2015
Published in
British Dental Journal, April 2016
DOI 10.1038/sj.bdj.2016.257
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Authors

A. J. Rugg-Gunn, A. J. Spencer, H. P. Whelton, C. Jones, J. F. Beal, P. Castle, P. V. Cooney, J. Johnson, M. P. Kelly, M. A. Lennon, J. McGinley, D. O'Mullane, H. D. Sgan-Cohen, P. P. Sharma, W. M. Thomson, S. M. Woodward, S. P. Zusman

Abstract

The Cochrane Review on water fluoridation for the prevention of dental caries was published in 2015 and attracted considerable interest and comment, especially in countries with extensive water fluoridation programmes. The Review had two objectives: (i) to evaluate the effects of water fluoridation (artificial or natural) on the prevention of dental caries, and (ii) to evaluate the effects of water fluoridation (artificial or natural) on dental fluorosis. The authors concluded, inter alia, that there was very little contemporary evidence, meeting the Review's inclusion criteria, that evaluated the effectiveness of water fluoridation for the prevention of dental caries. The purpose of this critique is to examine the conduct of the above Review, and to put it into context in the wider body of evidence regarding the effectiveness of water fluoridation. While the overall conclusion that water fluoridation is effective in caries prevention agrees with previous reviews, many important public health questions could not be answered by the Review because of the restrictive criteria used to judge adequacy of study design and risk of bias. The potential benefits of using wider criteria in order to achieve a fuller understanding of the effectiveness of water fluoridation are discussed.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 1 1%
Unknown 84 99%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 13 15%
Researcher 12 14%
Student > Bachelor 11 13%
Student > Ph. D. Student 10 12%
Student > Doctoral Student 9 11%
Other 14 16%
Unknown 16 19%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 35 41%
Social Sciences 7 8%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 4 5%
Environmental Science 3 4%
Engineering 2 2%
Other 12 14%
Unknown 22 26%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 23. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 17 March 2020.
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#925,583
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#214
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#22,450
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Outputs of similar age from British Dental Journal
#6
of 95 outputs
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