Fluoride clinical guidelines

Recommendations for the effective use of fluoride products with your patients.

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Evidence-based guidelines for fluoride products

ADA clinical practice guidelines are based on a systematic review of evidence, along with an assessment of the benefits and possible harms of alternative dental care options. The resulting guidelines serve as a valuable resource for dental professionals, enabling them to make sound clinical decisions and apply scientific findings in caring for patients.

Below you will find guidelines for the use of products that contain fluoride. For more information on the process that shapes clinical guidelines, consult the ADA Clinical Guidelines Handbook.


Recommendations on topical agents such as mouth rinses, varnishes, gels, foams and pastes.
Guidelines on nine caries treatments, including silver diamine fluoride (SDF).
Creating a clear, unified message on the value of fluoride toothpaste for children.