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Arrow BulletChildren's Dental Health 2003 - Fluorides in Caries Prevention - Chapter Three

  • Fluorides have been identified as being effective in the prevention of dental caries.
  • The widespread use of fluorides has been associated with increased prevalence of fluorosis. Dental fluorosis is a patchy enamel discolouration which results from the ingestion of large amounts of fluoride during tooth formation.
  • In Peel in 2001, the prevalence of fluorosis among children was 13%.
  • Fluorosis was more prevalent in Brampton and Mississauga as compared with Caledon.
  • Children identified with fluorosis had lower prevalence of dental caries.
  • The prevalence and severity of fluorosis in Peel does not constitute a public health threat.

Chapter Three - Fluorides in Caries Prevention (PDF file 352 KB)

Chapter One

Dental Diseases in Children

Chapter Two

Risk Factors for Dental Disease

Chapter Three

Fluorides in Caries Prevention

Chapter Four

Access to Dental Care
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