Current Guidelines for the Use of Fluoride in Pediatric Dentistry, A Review
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Abstract: 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.