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Using topical fluoride to prevent caries explored in November JADA

The use of topical fluoride to prevent caries is examined in the November issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association.

Experts convened by the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs present evidence-based clinical recommendations regarding applied and prescription-strength, home-use topical fluoride agents to prevent caries in "Topical Fluoride for Caries Prevention."

It's an update of the 2006 ADA recommendations, and they were developed using a new process that includes conducting a systematic review of primary studies. The authors conducted a search of MEDLINE and the Cochrane Library for clinical trials of professionally applied and prescription-strength topical fluoride agents—including mouth rinses, varnishes, gels, foams and pastes—with caries increment outcomes published through October 2012.

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