ADA Scientific Panel Issues Evidence-Based Clinical Recommendations for Topical Fluoride

open mouthAn expert panel convened by the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs has issued updated clinical recommendations on Topical Fluoride for Caries Prevention. A summary of the recommendations is published in the November 2013 issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA).

The panel recommended the following for patients at elevated risk of developing cavities:

  • professionally-applied 2.26 percent fluoride varnish or a 1.23 percent fluoride gel every 3-6 months
  • home-use prescription-strength 0.5 percent fluoride gel or paste or 0.09 percent fluoride mouth rinse (for patients 6 years old or older)
  • A 2.26 percent professionally-applied fluoride varnish every 3-6 months is recommended for children younger than 6 years old

The full report of the clinical recommendations, a chairside guide for you to use when talking to your patients and an audio podcast summary of the recommendations is available now on the ADA Center for Evidenced-Based Dentistry ebd.ADA.org.

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