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Limited evidence suggests fluoride mouthrinse may reduce dental caries in children and adolescents

Linda L. Cheng, DDS, FAGD, ABGD .


Systematic Review Conclusion

Within the limitations of the evidence in this systematic review (SR), the authors concluded that supervised regular use of a fluoride mouthrinse may result in large reductions in caries in the permanent teeth of children and adolescents, particularly in a school setting but also possibly in other settings such as at home, but with the caries-preventive effect being less clear.

Critical Summary Assessment

This SR of 37 randomized or quasi-randomized controlled trials with high or unclear risk of bias reports moderate quality evidence that a fluoride mouthrinse may reduce caries increment in the permanent teeth of children and adolescents.

Evidence Quality Rating

Limited Evidence

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

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These summaries are not intended to, and do not, express, imply, or summarize standards of care, but rather provide a concise reference for dentists to aid in understanding and applying evidence from the referenced systematic review in making clinically sound decisions as guided by their clinical judgment and by patient needs. American Dental Association © 2019