Intervention Protocol

Salt fluoridation for preventing dental caries

  1. George Gillespie1,*,
  2. Valeria CC Marinho2,
  3. Thomas M Marthaler3,
  4. Ruth Holt4,
  5. Sven Poulsen5,
  6. Kenneth Stephen6,
  7. Ramon Baez7

Editorial Group: Cochrane Oral Health Group

Published Online: 17 OCT 2007

DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD006846

How to Cite

Gillespie G, Marinho VCC, Marthaler TM, Holt R, Poulsen S, Stephen K, Baez R. Salt fluoridation for preventing dental caries (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2007, Issue 4. Art. No.: CD006846. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD006846.

Author Information

  1. 1

    University College London Medical School, Department of Epidemiology, London, UK

  2. 2

    Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Clinical and Diagnostic Oral Sciences, Institute of Dentistry, London, UK

  3. 3

    Centre for Dentistry, University of Zurich, Oral Epidemiology & Preventive Dentistry, Zurich, Switzerland

  4. 4

    University College of London, Institute for Oral Health Care Sciences, London, UK

  5. 5

    Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Oral Epidemiology and Public Health, Århus, Denmark

  6. 6

    School of Dentistry, Glasgow University, Department of Dental Public Health, Glasgow, UK

  7. 7

    University of Texas, Dental School, WHO Collaborating Center & Dental Hispanic Center of Excellence, San Antonio, Texas, USA

*George Gillespie, Department of Epidemiology, University College London Medical School, 1-19 Torrington Place, London, WC1E 6BT, UK.

Publication History

  1. Publication Status: Edited (no change to conclusions)
  2. Published Online: 17 OCT 2007




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  2. Abstract

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

The main objective of the review is to assess the effects of salt fluoridation in preventing caries in the population. Specific objectives include:

  • To evaluate the effectiveness and safety of fluoridated salt intervention compared with control (non-fluoridated salt), as a means of delivering fluoride systemically on a community basis, for preventing dental caries in children, adolescents and adults
  • To examine whether the effectiveness of fluoridated salt on caries prevention is influenced by types of salt fluoridation schemes adopted and other particular intervention features, by initial caries levels and other relevant population characteristics, geographical regions/climates, and by exposure to other non-systemically delivered fluorides (such as toothpastes)
  • To evaluate the effectiveness of fluoridated salt compared with water or milk fluoridation (differential effect).