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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Are Fluoride Supplements Good For Children?

Fluoride supplements do not reduce tooth decay in baby teeth and the health risks of the supplements have not been adequately studied, according to a new study.

The Cochrane Oral Health Group said Monday fluoride supplements significantly increase the risk of dental fluorosis. The condition is a change in appearance of the tooth’s enamel caused by too much consumption of fluoride over long periods when teeth are developing under the gums.

Boxes of Colgate toothpaste are displayed on store shelves in Colorado. Fluoride is the most popular active ingredient in toothpaste to prevent cavities, and some groups say that the harmful effects of fluoride have not been adequately studied, especially in fluoride supplements. (Rick Wilking/ Reuters)

For full article: http://www.medicaldaily.com/news/20111219/8325/fluoride-fluoridation-steven-schonfeld-american-dental-association-cochrane-oral-health-group-c.htm

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