Community Dental Health

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June 2016
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0265 539X
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Editorial - Prevention of dental caries through the use of fluoride – the WHO approach open access 66 68 10.1922/CDH_Petersen03 Download
Fluoride and Oral Health open access 69 99 10.1922/CDH_3707O’Mullane31 Download
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Choosing a measure of Health Related Quality of Life full access 107 115 10.1922/CDH_3605Robinson09 Download
Feasibility, utility and impact of a national dental epidemiological survey of three-year-old children in England 2013 full access 116 120 10.1922/CDH_3918Davies05 Download
Dental anxiety, concomitant factors and change in prevalence over 50 years open access 121 126 10.1922/CDH_3694Svensson06 Download
A bi-level intervention to improve oral hygiene of older and disabled adults in low-income housing: results of a pilot study open access 127 132 10.1922/CDH_3864Reisine06 Download
Association between child caries and maternal health-related behaviours full access 133 137 10.1922/CDH_3801Phillips05 Download
Caries and costs: an evaluation of a school-based fluoride varnish programme for adolescents in a Swedish region open access 138 144 10.1922/CDH_3875Bergström07 Download
Examiner reliability in fluorosis scoring: a comparison of photographic and clinical methods full access 145 150 10.1922/CDH_3873Nor06 Download
The mouth as a site of structural inequalities; an introduction open access 151 151 10.1922/CDH_3723Jamieson01 Download
The mouth and dis/ability open access 152 155 10.1922/CDH_3715Liddiard04 Download
Inequalities in oral health: the role of sociology open access 156 160 10.1922/CDH_3716Gibson05 Download
The mouth as a site of structural inequalities; the experience of Aboriginal Australians open access 161 163 10.1922/CDH_3717Durey03 Download
Do ‘poor areas’ get the services they deserve? The role of dental services in structural inequalities in oral health open access 164 167 10.1922/CDH_3718-Harris04 Download
Overcoming structural inequalities in oral health: the role of dental curricula open access 168 172 10.1922/CDH_3719Foster05 Download
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Fluoride and Oral Health

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  • G.M. Whitford
  • H. Whelton
  • A.J. RuggGunn
  • P.E. Petersen
  • M.A. Lennon
  • S. Jones
  • R.J. Baez
  • D.M. O’Mullane


Fluoride and Oral Health
D.M. O’Mullane, R.J. Baez, S. Jones, M.A. Lennon, P.E. Petersen, A.J. RuggGunn, H. Whelton and G.M. Whitford

The discovery during the first half of the 20th century of the link between natural fluoride, adjusted fluoride levels in drinking water and reduced dental caries prevalence proved to be a stimulus for worldwide on-going research into the role of fluoride in improving oral health. Epidemiological studies of fluoridation programmes have confirmed their safety and their effectiveness in controlling dental caries. Major advances in our knowledge of how fluoride impacts the caries process have led to the development, assessment of effectiveness and promotion of other fluoride vehicles including salt, milk, tablets, toothpaste, gels and varnishes. In 1993, the World Health Organization convened an Expert Committee to provide authoritative information on the role of fluorides in the promotion of oral health throughout
the world (WHO TRS 846, 1994). This present publication is a revision of the original 1994 document, again using the expertise of researchers from the extensive fields of knowledge required to successfully implement complex interventions such as the use of fluorides to improve dental and oral health. Financial support for research into the development of these new fluoride strategies has come from many sources including government health departments as well as international and national grant agencies.

Key words: fluorides, drinking water, salt, milk, supplements, toothpastes, varnishes and gels

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