Use of chlorhexidine varnish to prevent root caries may benefit some patients Critical Summary Prepared by: David Leader DMD, MPH Associate Clinical Professor, Tufts University 

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The effect of chlorhexidine varnish on root caries: a systematic review

Slot, D. E., Vaandrager, N. C., Van Loveren, C., Van Palenstein Helderman, W. H., Van der Weijden, G. A.. Caries Research. 2011;45(2):162-73

Published Date: 9/3/2013

This summary is published in the Journal of the American Dental Association and can be accessed at :-


  • Systematic Review Conclusion:

    Chlorhexidine varnish (CHX-V) may be effective in preventing root caries in the absence of regular professional tooth cleaning and oral hygiene instructions for patients who need special care.

  • Critical Summary Assessment:

    A review of six randomized controlled trials demonstrates that CHX-V may benefit patients who require special care.

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