Topical fluoride for treating dental caries

  • Protocol
  • Intervention

Authors


Abstract

This is the protocol for a review and there is no abstract. The objectives are as follows:

To evaluate the effectiveness of different types of topical fluorides (gels, toothpastes, varnishes, mouthrinses) at different doses and/or at different intervals between application, on stopping/slowing the progression of carious lesions on all surface types of permanent and deciduous dentition.

To test the null hypothesis that there is no difference between the mean proportion/number of lesions stopped in patients receiving topical fluoride compared with a group receiving no intervention/placebo against the alternative hypothesis of a difference.

To test the null hypothesis that there is no difference between the mean proportion/number of lesions stopped in patients receiving different topical fluoride treatments (type, frequency, concentration, and combination), against the alternative hypothesis of a difference.