Contemporary Fluoride Use in Oral Health
Background and Foundation
THE NEXT DDS
This is part I of a four-part series about fluoride on THE NEXT DDS. After hearing this podcast, the listener should:
- Understand the role of fluoride in preventing caries and preserving oral health
- Understand the concept of water fluoridation
The decline of dental caries in the United States
can logically be attributed to the widespread use of fluoride. Moreover,
fluoride is safe when used appropriately, and may be of most benefit to those
at highest risk of dental decay. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
has issued recommendations for fluoride use that highlight the need for
fluoride throughout one’s life span. Although some controversy surrounds
fluoride application, the preponderance of evidence shows that fluoride usage
can be a boon to oral health.
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