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Using Fluoride to Prevent and Control
Dental Caries in the United States

U.S. Centerd for Disease Control and Prevention
Fact Sheet, August 2001

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued new recommendations on using fluoride to prevent dental caries (tooth decay). The recommendations provide guidance to health care providers, public health officials, policymakers, and the general public on how to achieve maximum dental decay protection while efficiently using dental care resources and minimizing any cosmetic concerns. In 1999, CDC profiled the wide-spread practice of fluoridating community drinking water to prevent dental decay as one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th Century

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This page was posted on August 28, 2002.