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HHS initiative accepts ADA clinical practice guidelines on topical fluoride

May 05, 2014

By Jean Williams

Dr. Truelove
Rockville, Md.—The National Guideline Clearinghouse announced in its April newsletter the inclusion in its database of revised ADA clinical practice guidelines on topical fluoride for caries prevention.

The NGC is a public resource for evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and is an initiative of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

"It is significant that the ADA guidelines on use of topical fluoride have been published in the National Guidelines Clearinghouse website," said Dr. Edmond Truelove, chair of the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs. "The Clearinghouse acts as the major source of evidence-based guidelines related to diagnosis, prevention and treatment. The NGC is used by hundreds of thousands of physicians, dentists, other health professionals and public health organizations to guide patient care decisions by providing recommendations that are rated for quality based on exhaustive scientific review by panels of experts."

To view the ADA's revised guidelines on topical fluoride for caries prevention on the NGC website, visit Locate the "guidelines" tab on the left and search for topical fluorides.

"The mission of the NGC is to provide a wide variety of participants in health care delivery with objective and complete information on guidelines for patient care," said Dr. Truelove. "Inclusion of the ADA fluoride guideline by the NGC means that the entire health care community can now easily access evidence-based recommendations for use of topical fluoride in preventive health care."

The topical fluoride guidelines for caries prevention, which is an update of the 2006 guidelines, also may be accessed through the ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry at