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A European perspective on fluoride use in seven countries.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15016120     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to collate data on national policies for the use of fluoride in the seven European countries participating in the FLINT project. METHODS: Policies on the use of fluoride were obtained for each of the study areas. Data collected included the presence of water fluoridation and regulations governing fluoride toothpaste and fluoride supplements. RESULTS: In Ireland 74% of the population had a fluoridated water supply but in all the other countries fluoride toothpaste was the principal form of delivering fluoride, usually recommended as a dose of a pea-sized amount. Fluoride supplement use varied considerably between countries. The Netherlands had the clearest regulations covering the use of fluoride supplements and definition of at-risk individuals. Most countries, even if they recognized particular caries-risk did not define the term clearly. In Iceland all children were regarded as being at high risk of developing caries. CONCLUSION: Considerable variation exists between European countries in their policies for fluoride use and no clear definitions of high-caries-risk individuals were found. The results show that there is even a lack of coherent thought and planning within the different countries, let alone between them.
Inga B Arnadóttir; Clare E Ketley; Cor Van Loveren; Liisa Seppä; Judith A Cochran; Mario Polido; Thessaly Athanossouli; W Peter Holbrook; Denis M O'Mullane
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Community dentistry and oral epidemiology     Volume:  32 Suppl 1     ISSN:  0301-5661     ISO Abbreviation:  Community Dent Oral Epidemiol     Publication Date:  2004 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-03-12     Completed Date:  2004-04-27     Revised Date:  2009-01-29    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0410263     Medline TA:  Community Dent Oral Epidemiol     Country:  Denmark    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  69-73     Citation Subset:  D; IM    
University of Iceland, Faculty of Odontology, Reykjavik, Iceland.
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MeSH Terms
Cariostatic Agents / therapeutic use*
Child, Preschool
Dietary Supplements
Fluorides / therapeutic use*
Health Policy*
Toothpaste / chemistry
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Cariostatic Agents; 0/Fluorides; 0/Mouthwashes; 0/Toothpaste

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