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Fluoride Therapy Across the Life-Span - Part I

This is Part III of our ongoing series about Fluoride. For part II of the series, visit This Link

Learning Objectives  

After hearing this podcast, the listener should:

  • Understand the ways that fluoride can be used most effectively depending on the age of the patient
  • Understand the best ways to administer fluoride therapy to infants, children, and patients up to age 19

During every phase of life, individuals experience numerous oral and dental health changes. Disease conditions may diverse and present themselves at various times throughout life. Patterns do exist for each category, however, many may not share the same oral concern. The decision-making process, involved with fluoride therapy recommendation, incorporates a medical history and oral health examination. The patient's age, caries rate, oral hygiene practices, diet, and motivation are just a number of factors that must be considered when planning a fluoride program. This portion of our podcast series deals with patients up to 19 years of age.

To continue to Part IV of this podcast series, and continue familiarizing yourself with Fluoride Use Across the Life Span, visit:

Related Reading:

  1. Riordan PJ. Fluoride supplements for young children: an analysis of the literature focusing on benefits and risks. Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiolgy. 1999;27:72-83.
  1. Adair SM. The role of fluoride mouthrinses in the control of dental caries: a brief review. Pediatric Dentistry 1998; 20(2):101-4.
  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Recommendations for using fluoride to prevent and control dental caries in the United States. MMWR 2001;50 (RR-14):1-42.
  1. Meyerowitz C. Watson GE. The efficacy of an intraoral fluoride-releasing system in irradiated head and neck cancer patients: a preliminary study. Journal of the American Dental Association. 1998; 129(9):1252-9.
  1. tenCate JM. Current concepts on the theories of the mechanism of action of fluoride. Acta Odontologia Scandinavica. 1999; 57(6):325-9.
  1. Duncan TB. Duncan WK. DeBall S. Fluoride: a review-Part II: Topical Fluorides. Mississippi Dental Association Journal. 1999; 55(1):34-6.
  1. Stookey GK. Caries prevention. Journal of Dental Education. 1998; 62(10):803-11.
  1. Ismail AI. Prevention of early childhood caries. Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology. 1998;26 (Supplement 1):49-61.
  1. Stephen KW. Fluoride prospects for the new millennium-community and individual patient aspects. Acta Odontol Scand 1999;57:352-55.
  1. Todd MA. Staley RN. Kanellis MJ. Donly KJ. Wefel JS. Effect of a fluoride varnishon demineralization adjacent to orthodontic brackets. American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. 1999;116(2):159-67.


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