Fluoride: Its metabolism, toxicity, and role in dental health

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Abstract

Fluoride is a naturally occurring element with multiple implications for human health. This review discusses its metabolism and toxicity, along with the current understanding of the mechanism of action of fluoride and its role as a safe and effective agent in the prevention of dental caries. The relationship between excessive fluoride intake during periods of dental enamel formation and the development of dental fluorosis is also reviewed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)28-32
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume17
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2012

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Keywords

  • dental caries
  • dental fluorosis
  • fluoride

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Complementary and alternative medicine

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