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Oral Health Topics

Home Oral Care

Key Points

  • Home oral care recommendations from the ADA are based on data from clinical studies and systematic reviews.
  • While general recommendations may adequately address the needs for many patients, a dentist may tailor home oral care recommendations to fit the individual patient’s needs and wants, focusing on a personalized approach to treatment and prevention.
  • Home oral care is an important contributor to oral health, and can help lessen the need for extensive dental intervention in the future.

Home Oral Care Guide

This home oral care guide, developed by the ADA, is a summary of the recommendations below, and can be used to help facilitate discussions with your patients about their home oral health care habits.  

Home Oral Care Guide



  • Introduction
  • General Recommendations for the Prevention of Caries and Gingivitis
  • Personalized Recommendations for the Prevention of Caries and Gingivitis
  • Lifestyle Considerations for Improved Oral Health
  • References
  • ADA Resources

The ADA Council on Scientific Affairs reviewed and approved the content of this page.

Last Updated: July 22, 2020

Prepared by:

Department of Scientific Information, Evidence Synthesis & Translation Research, ADA Science & Research Institute, LLC.


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