Benefits and risks of fluoride supplementation: Caries prevention versus dental fluorosis

  title={Benefits and risks of fluoride supplementation: Caries prevention versus dental fluorosis},
  author={William D'hoore and J. -P. Van Nieuwenhuysen},
  journal={European Journal of Pediatrics},
To assess the risks (dental fluorosis) and the benefits (caries prevention) of fluoride (F) tablets and F toothpaste, we surveyed 2003 schoolchildren aged 5–20 years old (mean=10.82, SD=3.40). Children were scored for dental caries by means of the decayed, missing, filled teeth index (DMFT index). Frequent use of F toothpaste (toothbrushing frequency) is poorly linked to caries (Spearmanr=0.05,P=0.02) and dental fluorosis (r=0.05,P=0.03). Children who use F tablets regularly and appropriately… CONTINUE READING

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