Guidelines for the Use of Fluorides

Published online: 
02 November 2009
Guidelines for the Use of Fluorides cover image


The ‘Guidelines for the Use of Fluorides’ provide an evidence-based summary of current New Zealand and overseas evidence to inform best practice in the use of fluoride.

These guidelines address the use of topical fluoride treatments including fluoride toothpastes, fluoride varnishes, fluoride mouth rinses, fluoride gels and foams and also for the use of fluoride tablets.

An update to the guidelines recommends that 1,000 ppm fluoride toothpaste is used for children of all ages. A 2015 Cochrane review found limited evidence of any caries preventive effect following use of toothpaste with less than 1,000 ppm fluoride. More information is available on the Medsafe website:

Publishing information

  • Date of publication:
    02 November 2009
  • Hardcopy date of publication:
    02 November 2009
  • ISBN:
    978-0-478-31972-9 (online) 978-0-478-33930-7 (print)
  • HP number:
  • Citation:
    New Zealand Guidelines Group. Guidelines for the Use of Fluorides. 2009. Wellington: Ministry of Health.
  • Ordering information:
    Only soft copy available to download
  • Copyright status:

    Owned by the Ministry of Health and licensed for reuse under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence.

Back to top