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Dent Clin North Am. 2008 Apr;52(2):387-401, vii. doi: 10.1016/j.cden.2007.11.003.

Fluorides in dental public health programs.

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  • 1Oral Health Surveillance and Research, Bureau of Dental Health, New York State Department of Health, Albany, NY 12237, USA.


The use of fluorides in dental public health programs has a long history. With the availability of fluoridation and other forms of fluorides, dental caries have declined dramatically in the United States. This article reviews some of the ways fluorides are used in public health programs and discusses issues related to their effectiveness, cost, and policy.

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