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Second order voveran 50mg with mastercard, clinical trials methods the total cancer incidence whereas in the Indian used in dentistry will then be outlined and subcontinent it can account for 30–50% of the illustrated with examples. Green  2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd ISBN: 0-471-98787-5 194 TEXTBOOK OF CLINICAL TRIALS caries, oral rehabilitation, periodontal disease clinical signs. Fourth, the tal disease, usually the depth of the periodontal current issues of evidence-based dentistry and pocket and/or the attachment loss are measured hierarchical data analysis will also be discussed. Last, the impact of clinical trials on dental Following the developments in medical re- practice will be summarised. These have focused primarily on the concept of patient satisfaction and health-related Evidence from animal and epidemiological stud- quality of life measures. A number of question- ies shows that dental caries arise from dem- naires have been developed recently to measure ineralisation of tooth hard tissue due to organic the oral health-related quality of life of peo- acids produced by plaque bacteria on the tooth 3 ple, for example, the Oral Health Impact Profile surface. Frequent intake of fermentable carbo- (OHIP) and the General Oral Health Assess- hydrates, especially sugars, has been shown to 11 4 ment Index (GOHAI). The basic design principles by the caries process can be filled by various and considerations are very similar, thus the direct and indirect restorative materials. There are also various surgical and As with the developments in medical research, non-surgical ways to treat the periodontal pock- randomised controlled trials (RCTs) have become ets that are formed in more advanced periodontal the gold standard in conducting clinical trials disease states. The key features of RCTs are clinical trials to quantify the amount of plaque on treatment modalities being assigned randomly to the tooth surfaces, ranging from a simple dichoto- the subjects and the existence of a control group. In by the presence or absence of bleeding after gen- the perfect setting, RCTs should also be double- tle probing7 or in an ordinal scale using various blinded which requires that both the subjects and DENTISTRY AND MAXILLO-FACIAL 195 the examiners/observers involved in the trials are subjects as their own controls prevents confound- not aware of the assignment of the treatment ing by many characteristics that may influence modalities to the subjects, thus reducing any the outcome. In a crossover study each subject is biases in the comparison of the groups besides given the different treatments (or treatment and randomisation. Informed consent, ethical consideration, data Each subject is his/her own control.