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Ingestion of fluoride dentifrice by a group of mentally handicapped children during toothbrushing.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8941835     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The purpose of this study was to determine the amount of fluoride dentifrice ingested by mentally handicapped children during toothbrushing. A group of 24 mentally handicapped children, aged between 3 and 12 years, were used in the study. There were encouraged to brush in their usual way with a sodium fluoride dentifrice from a preweighed tube. Rinsings and excess dentifrice were collected, and fluoride analyses were performed on the rinsings and controls. The amount of fluoride retained was in the range of 14 to 269 micrograms, with a mean of 87 micrograms, equivalent to a mean retention of 23.5% of dentifrice. This is similar to findings of studies of children of normal intelligence. Thus, fluoridated dentifrices should be used by mentally handicapped children, but, as with all young children, small amounts of dentifrice should be used, preferably under direct adult supervision.
J C Chan; D O'Donnell
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Quintessence international (Berlin, Germany : 1985)     Volume:  27     ISSN:  0033-6572     ISO Abbreviation:  Quintessence Int     Publication Date:  1996 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-01-10     Completed Date:  1997-01-10     Revised Date:  2006-07-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0342677     Medline TA:  Quintessence Int     Country:  GERMANY    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  409-11     Citation Subset:  D    
MacLehose Dental Clinic, Hong Kong.
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MeSH Terms
Analysis of Variance
Cariostatic Agents / administration & dosage
Child, Preschool
Dental Care for Children
Dental Care for Disabled*
Mental Retardation*
Sodium Fluoride / administration & dosage*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Cariostatic Agents; 0/Dentifrices; 7681-49-4/Sodium Fluoride

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