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Fluoride Clinical Guidelines

Clinical practice guidelines include recommendation statements intended to optimize patient care that are informed by a systematic review of evidence and an assessment of the benefits and harms of alternative care options. These are the strongest resources to aid dental professionals in clinical decision making and help incorporate evidence gained through scientific investigation into patient care. The process for developing clinical practice guidelines is described in the ADA Clinical Guidelines Handbook.


View Topical Fluoride Guideline Now

The panel assessed the efficacy of various topical fluoride caries-preventive agents, including mouthrinses, varnishes, gels, foams and pastes.

View Nonrestorative Caries Treatment Guideline Now

A panel of experts convened by the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs presents clinical recommendations concerning the use of nine nonrestorative caries treatments, including the ADA's first-ever recommendations for silver diamine fluoride (SDF), as well as recommendations for sodium fluoride varnish, sodium fluoride mouthrinse, acidulated phosphate fluoride gel, and 5,000 ppm fluoride toothpaste or gel. This guideline is the first in a series of four guidelines that will focus on caries management.

View Fluoride Toothpaste for Young Children Guideline Now

The American Dental Association (ADA) Council on Scientific Affairs met with stakeholders to discuss differing public messaging on the use of fluoride toothpaste for young children. The participants agreed that a unified recommendation on the use of fluoride toothpaste for young children would be preferable and less confusing to the public.