Current Guidelines for the Use of Fluoride in Pediatric Dentistry, A Review
Manal Al Halabi.
Fluoride use as a chemotherapeutic agent for caries prevention has been well researched and documented. The
recommendations for the use of fluoride have evolved through the years as a result of many factors. The change in the
prevalence of caries and the advent of different fluoride formulations along with the desire to maximize the benefits and
minimize the side effects lead many authorities to set guidelines for the use of different formulations of fluoride. This review
attempts to summarize the most current evidence-based guidelines of fluoride therapy put forth by various organizations
worldwide. The review includes guidelines on community water fluoridation, fluoride supplements, fluoride toothpaste,
professionally applied fluorides and fluoride mouth rinses.
Keywords: Caries risk, Fluoride varnish, Fluoride rinse, Fluoride, Fluorosis, Guidelines, Prevention, Toothpaste.
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