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Article highlights importance of fluorides

August 20, 2018 A systematic review published earlier this year in Gerodontology underscores the importance of fluorides in oral hygiene.

Authors of "Personal Oral Hygiene and Dental Caries: A Systematic Review of Randomised Controlled Trials," reviewed personal oral hygiene interventions and their influence on the incidence of dental caries among 743 participants in three studies.

Researchers concluded that "personal oral hygiene in the absence of fluorides has failed to show a benefit in terms of reducing the incidence of dental caries."

In discussing their findings, the authors address the "dangers" in the "unqualified promotion of oral hygiene for dental caries prevention" and expressed concern that it "may lead individuals to select fluoride-free toothpastes."

The article can be read in full online here.