Is there randomized controlled trial evidence to support the use of fluoride gels for preventing dental caries?

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Abstract

Question:
Is there randomized controlled trial evidence to support the use of fluoride gels for preventing dental caries?
Clinical Answer:
Moderate-quality evidence indicates that children or adolescents who have fluoride gel applied to their teeth, either by professionals or self-applied, are less likely to develop caries increment than those who have had no treatment or placebo. The mean reduction in caries on tooth surfaces was on average 28% per and on whole tooth was on average 32%. One RCT with 280 participants suggested that fluoride gel may reduce development of new caries lesions on the surfaces of permanent teeth.

Low-quality evidence suggests that fluoride gel can reduce caries increment on the surfaces of primary teeth (20 per 100 people, 95% CI 1% to 38%).

Adverse events evidence was very low quality. There was no clear difference between groups in nausea, gagging or vomiting.
Original languageEnglish
TypeCochrane Clinical Answers
PublisherCochrane Collaboration
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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