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Dietary Supplements

Description

Fluoride supplements are available as drops, lozenges or tablets. Most fluoride supplements contain sodium fluoride (NaF) as the active ingredient. The recommendations for use of fluoride supplements vary across the world. The cost of supplements, the lack of motivation, poor compliance and safety concerns among children should be considered when using this prevention method.

Use

Fluoride supplements are available by prescription. It is recommended only for children who live in non-fluoridated communities between the ages of 6 months and 16 years. The amount and dose prescribed is based on age and level of fluoride in the drinking water.

Effectiveness

Evidence is inconsistent. Dental caries reduction can be as high as 43%.

Fluoride Supplement Safety

The use of fluoride supplements in young children has been a controversial discussion. Based on the evidence on safety and effectiveness, researchers believe that the ADA's current dosage schedule requires careful consideration.