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EBD panel report: nonfluoride products can be effective adjunct to caries prevention

A multidisciplinary expert panel convened by the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs recommends that sugar-free chewing gum, lozenges and hard candy sweetened  with sucrose-free polyols (xylitol or polyol combinations) and a prescription varnish with chlorhexidine and thymol could be beneficial in preventing cavities when used as adjuncts to a comprehensive cavity prevention program that includes the use of fluoride-containing products.

In a report issued this month, the panel noted that these nonfluoride options could provide an extra benefit to prevent cavities in patients at high risk of developing cavities when used in addition to products such as toothpaste, dental sealants and varnishes that contain fluoride as well as community water fluoridation and good eating habits.

The full report is available on the ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry website. The executive summary of the report, “Nonfluoride Caries-Preventive Agents,” is published in the September issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association.