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Acta Odontol Scand. 1984 Aug;42(4):193-7.

The caries-preventive effect of a fluoride varnish in the fissures of the first permanent molar.


The aim of the present study was to assess the caries-preventive effect of topical application of Duraphat on the occlusal surface of newly erupted first permanent molars. A base-line examination was performed on children aged 5 years and 9 months. The children were randomly divided into a Duraphat group and a control group. In accordance with the anatomy of the fissure system, the molars were divided into shallow and deep fissures, respectively. From the time of eruption, 381 molars were examined every 3rd month during 24 months. Duraphat was applied every 6th month, altogether four times. The results showed that in the Duraphat group 35% of the fissures were decayed compared with 80% in the control group. Caries reduction amounted to 56%, and the caries-preventive effect was found in molars with shallow and deep fissures.

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