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The Guide to Clinical Preventive Services

Together, the Community Guide and the Clinical Guide provide evidence-based recommendations across the prevention spectrum.


Improving Oral Health: Preventing Dental Caries (Cavities)

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Tooth decay (dental caries, or cavities) remains a common chronic condition that becomes more prevalent with age. These interventions aim to prevent dental caries through the use of dental sealants and community-wide fluoridation.

Task Force Recommendations and Findings

This table lists interventions reviewed by the Community Guide, with a summary of the Task Force finding (definitions of findings). Click on an underlined intervention title for a summary of the review.

Intervention Task Force Finding
Community Water Fluoridation Recommended
April 2013
Community-Based Initiatives to Promote the Use of Dental Sealants Insufficient Evidence
April 2013
School-Based Dental Sealant Delivery Programs Recommended
April 2013

Presentations and Promotional Materials

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Archived Reviews

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The findings and conclusions on this page are those of the Community Preventive Services Task Force and do not necessarily represent those of CDC. Task Force evidence-based recommendations are not mandates for compliance or spending. Instead, they provide information and options for decision makers and stakeholders to consider when determining which programs, services, and policies best meet the needs, preferences, available resources, and constraints of their constituents.

Sample Citation

The content of publications of the Guide to Community Preventive Services is in the public domain. Citation as to source, however, is appreciated. Sample citation:
Guide to Community Preventive Services. Improving oral health: dental caries (cavities). Last updated: MM/DD/YYYY.