Recent research has found that many more people are keeping their own teeth for longer. Although this is a good thing it also means that when people begin to suffer with decay, the treatments required are more complex and expensive and may be very costly. There is a need to help people keep their own teeth free from decay as long as possible.
Since the 1970’s fluoride toothpaste has been widely used to prevent tooth decay. Standard fluoride toothpaste, available to buy on the high street, contains around 1400 parts per million (ppm) of fluoride. High dose fluoride toothpaste, containing 5000ppm fluoride, is available by prescription from your dentist and is increasingly provided to patients judged to be at risk of decay.
In 2016 prescriptions of high dose fluoride toothpaste cost the NHS over £20 million and these costs are increasing rapidly. However, there is a lack of evidence to demonstrate that this toothpaste benefits patients and is cost-effective for the NHS.
You may be eligible to take part in Reflect if:
• you are aged 50 and over,
• receive all or part of your dental care through the NHS
• and are at risk of tooth decay or have already been diagnosed as having tooth decay,
If the dental practice you attend is taking part in Reflect, the study may be discussed further at your routine appointment.
If you would like any more information about Reflect please contact the study office at The University of Dundee on 01382 31213 or email@example.com
If you are eligible and would like to take part in Reflect study you will be recruited at your local dental practice.
To take part you will be asked to sign a consent form and asked to complete a form with some questions about your health. After this you will be randomised to receive either a prescription for 5000ppm fluoride toothpaste or to receive the usual care and advice on buying and using standard fluoride toothpaste.
Both you and your dentist will know to which group you have been allocated Whichever group you are allocated you should continue your regular routine check-ups with your dentist. We will follow your progress for 36 months and will send you a confidential study questionnaire by post at 12, 24 and 36 months after you join the study. The questionnaires are returned to the study office in a pre-paid envelope which we will provide.
The Reflect study is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Technology Assessment (HTA) programme (project: 16/23/01) . For more information please visit www.nets.nihr.ac.uk.
Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust is the sponsor for this study based in the United Kingdom. We will be using information from you and your dental records in order to undertake this study and will act as the data controller for this study. This means that we are responsible for looking after your information and using it properly. Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust will keep identifiable information about you for up to 15 years after the study has finished.
Your rights to access, change or move your information are limited, as we need to manage your information in specific ways in order for the research to be reliable and accurate. If you withdraw from the study, we will keep the information about you that we have already obtained. To safeguard your rights, we will use the minimum personally-identifiable information possible.
You can find out more about how we use your information by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.