Caries Management Clinical Practice Guidelines (2018–2023)

As described in a 2018 Journal of the American Dental Association commentary, a panel of experts convened by the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs is writing a series of four guidelines with recommendations to enhance clinical decision making at each stage of the caries disease process.

The four guidelines will be published between 2018 and 2023 and will cover the following topics.

Nonrestorative caries treatments

In 2018, a panel of experts convened by the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs presented clinical recommendations for the use of nine nonrestorative caries treatments, including the ADA's first-ever recommendations for silver diamine fluoride (SDF). View nonrestorative caries treatment guideline

Caries prevention

In 2022, a panel of experts convened by the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs will present recommendations for the use of professionally applied interventions and other management strategies (such as diet and at-home oral hygiene) to decrease the incidence of caries and modify the course of the disease. Email EBD@ADA.org to receive guideline updates

Restorative caries treatments

In 2022, a panel of experts convened by the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs will present clinical recommendations for the use of restorative caries treatments. Email EBD@ADA.org to receive guideline updates

Caries detection and diagnosis

In 2023, a panel of experts convened by the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs will present clinical recommendations for tools and methods used for the early detection and diagnosis of carious lesions. Email EBD@ADA.org to receive guideline updates