Root caries: review suggests potential benefits from 5000ppm fluoride, chlorhexidine and silver diamine varnishes

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The prevalence of root caries is expected to rise and this review looked at a range of agents for non-invasive management. While 30 studies were identified they consider a large number of agents. While the review suggested that 5000ppm fluoride dentifrice was effective the number of available trials for this and the other agent was small and of limited quality.

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Use of higher concentration fluoride toothpaste (5000 ppm F) had a beneficial effect on root caries

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The aim of this clinical trial was to test the effectiveness of high-fluoride toothpaste (5000 ppm F) on root caries lesions in adults and to test the hypothesis that high concentration fluoride tooth- paste would effectively improve the surface hard- ness in root caries lesions in adult patients. Adult patients (18-75yrs) with 10 or more [read the full story…]

Review shows that triclosan copolymer toothpaste reduced plaque, gingivitis and caries

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Triclosan  is a polychloro phenoxy phenol that has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties.  It has been used since the 1970 in a range of products including soaps, deodorants, mouthwashes and toothpastes.  The aim of this Cochrane review was to assess the effects of triclosan/copolymer  containing fluoride toothpastes (TCT), compared with fluoride toothpastes, for the long-term control [read the full story…]

Weak evidence for the effectiveness of chlorhexidine varnish on root caries

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While root caries can be seen in young people its frequency increases with age. The growing older populations in many developing countries means that root caries is likely to be an increasing problem.  The aim of this review was to see if chlorhexidine varnish (CHX-V)  is effective for treating root caries. The authors searched Medline, [read the full story…]