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Fluoride Therapy Across the Life-Span - Part II

This is Part IV of our ongoing series about Fluoride. For part III 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 young adults, midlife patients, and the elderly

As outlined in previous podcasts in this series on fluoride therapy, professionally applied topical fluorides can benefit children and adolescent patients at risk of caries.  They can also be useful in adults who are at moderate or high risk of caries.  The clinical recommendations that follow here should be interpreted through the context of the practitioner’s professional judgment as well as the patient’s own preferences—and always with the end goal of promoting optimal oral healthcare.

To continue to Part V of this podcast series, and continue familiarizing yourself with contemporary fluoride use, visit: 
Related Reading:
  1. American Dental Association Council on Scientific Affairs. Professionally applied topical fluoride: Evidence-based clinical recommendations. J Am Dent Assoc 2006;137(8)1151-1159.
  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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