Surveillance decision

Surveillance decision

This 2018 surveillance review has taken into account 4 NICE guidelines on the theme of oral health:

We will not update the guideline on oral health: local authorities and partners at this time.

During surveillance editorial or factual corrections were identified. Details are included in appendix A: summary of evidence from surveillance.

Reason for the decision

The evidence

We found 34 studies through surveillance of this guideline.

This included evidence on sugar and oral health, general oral health education, oral health promotion in pregnancy and for children, a whole school approach to oral health, supervised toothbrushing, and fluoride varnish. This new evidence was considered to support current recommendations.

We found evidence on fissure sealants as an alternative to fluoride varnish and the use of high dose xylitol, which was not covered in the guideline. This evidence was considered to be insufficient to add new recommendations on these interventions at this time.

We did not find any evidence related to the following areas: oral health needs assessments and data sources, oral health strategies, oral health as a key health and wellbeing priority and oral health promotion in existing services for all at risk of poor oral health.


No equalities issues were identified during the surveillance process.

Overall decision

After considering all the evidence and views of topic experts and stakeholders, we decided that no update is necessary for this guideline.

See how we made the decision for further information.

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