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J Am Diet Assoc. 2001 Jan;101(1):126-32.

Position of the American Dietetic Association: the impact of fluoride on health.

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Fluoride is an important element for mineralization of body tissues. The use of topical and systemic fluoride for oral health has resulted in major reductions in dental caries and its associated disability. Fluoridation of public water supplies has been endorsed by over 90 professional health organizations as the most effective dental public health measure in existence. Still, about half of the US population fails to receive the maximum benefits possible from community water fluoridation and the use of fluoride products. Fluoride also plays a role in bone health. The role of high doses of fluoride for prevention of osteoporosis is undergoing active study and is considered experimental at this point. Dietetics professionals should routinely monitor and promote the use of systemic and topical fluorides, especially in children and adolescents. The American Dietetic Association strongly reaffirms its endorsement of the use of systemic and topical fluorides, including water fluoridation, at appropriate levels of intake, as an important public health measure. However, clients should be cautioned that experimental use of high intakes of fluoride should be avoided unless they are participating in clinical trials.

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