Skip to main content
Toggle Menu of ADA WebSites
ADA Websites
Partnerships and Commissions
Toggle Search Area
Toggle Menu
e-mail Print Share

Inconclusive caries-preventive results with chlorhexidine varnish in children and adolescents

Priyanshi Ritwik BDS, MS .


Systematic Review Conclusion

The investigators who conducted a systematic review of 12 randomized clinical trials found inconclusive evidence for caries prevention after application of Chlorhexidine varnish in children and adolescents.

Critical Summary Assessment

Differences in varnish concentration, study designs and trial results limited any definitive conclusions.

Evidence Quality Rating

Limited Evidence

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

Critical Summary Publication Date:


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