Ten Minute Evidence-Based Dentistry Articles provide an example of implementing the evidence-based dentistry search process with trusted search engines and identifying the best literature through critical appraisal to answer a clinical question and aid the reader in implementing EBD strategies in clinical practice. As the global elderly population continues to grow, so does the prevalence of dental caries among older adults. This article explores the effectiveness of topical fluoride agents in preventing or arresting dental caries in individuals aged 60 and older. A comprehensive literature search was conducted, utilizing PubMed and the Epistemonikos website, leading to the identification of a 2022 review by Chan et al. This review highlights the limited research available on this topic, with only seven studies focusing on older adults, most of which address root caries. While the findings suggest a beneficial effect of topical fluoride agents, the variations in treatment protocols and follow-up periods underscore the need for further high-quality research in this demographic to determine the most effective and cost-efficient approaches to caries prevention.
Richards, Derek BDS, FDS, MSc, DDPH, FDS(DPH)
"10-Minute EBD: Preventing and Arresting Caries in Older Adults,"
The Journal of the Michigan Dental Association: Vol. 105:
1, Article 5.
Available at: https://commons.ada.org/journalmichigandentalassociation/vol105/iss1/5