to the World Health Organization Model List of Essential Medicines
and World Health Organization Model List of Essential Medicines for Children.
ADA News. October 15, 2021..
After the rigorous evaluation and technical review of a World Health Organization
(WHO) expert panel, fluoride toothpaste, silver diamine fluoride (SDF), and glass
ionomer cement were included.
23rd WHO Expert Committee on the Selection and Use of Essential Medicines (WHO/MHP/HPS/EML/2021.01).
World Health Organization. September 30, 2021.
All 3 are presented in a new category of “dental preparations,” complementing the
previous listing of sodium fluoride. Why are these additions relevant for dentistry
and global oral health? In this commentary, we explain the details and highlight the
possible implications for public health policy and dental practice in the United States
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Dr. Benzian is a research professor, Department of Epidemiology and Health Promotion and a codirector, World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Quality Improvement and Evidence-Based Dentistry, College of Dentistry, New York University, New York, NY.
Dr. Beltrán-Aguilar is an adjunct professor, Department of Epidemiology and Health Promotion and a codirector, World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Quality Improvement and Evidence-Based Dentistry, College of Dentistry, New York University, New York, NY.
Dr. Niederman is a professor and the chair, Department of Epidemiology and Health Promotion, College of Dentistry, New York University, New York, NY.
Published online: November 18, 2022
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Disclosure. None of the authors reported any disclosures.
ORCID Numbers. Habib Benzian: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3692-4849; Eugenio Beltrán-Aguilar: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2202-0507; Richard Niederman: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6674-1774. For information regarding ORCID numbers, go to http://orcid.org.
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