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Comments sought on nonsurgical caries management

March 19, 2018 ADA members are invited to share their expertise and insight on the use of nonsurgical treatments for caries management.

A panel of subject matter experts and methodologists from the ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry are developing a clinical practice guideline on this subject. They are asking the public to review and comment on the guideline's recommendation statements, which were informed by a systematic review of the best available scientific evidence.

These statements are available to view online at

Comments should be submitted by April 9 and will be reviewed by the panel and ADA methodologists as they further develop the guideline, which is expected to be published later this year with an accompanying systematic review.

The guideline looks comprehensively at all available interventions to assess their effectiveness at arresting or reversing caries lesions in primary or permanent teeth, said Dr. Rebecca Slayton, a dentist with a Ph.D., chair of the guideline panel and professor emeritus in the department of pediatric dentistry at the University of Washington School of Dentistry.

"Clinicians are faced with both diagnostic and treatment challenges on a daily basis and having a decision pathway to guide them will lead to improved outcomes for patients," Dr. Slayton said, adding that comments from external stakeholders "ensure that all relevant evidence is included and that the recommendations are clearly written and understandable."

For more information on the guideline and to submit comments, visit or email the ADA Center for EBD at