Do not prescribe systemic fluoride but rather promote oral hygiene and age-related use of toothpaste

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Prophylaxis of caries with fluoride is worldwide acknowledged to be fundamental. In children, topic use of fluoride on erupted teeth has proven to be more effective than systemic use before eruption. Dental hygiene routine should be performed at least twice a day and supervised by parents.


1. World Health Organization. Inadequate or excess fluoride: a major public health concern (Rev. 2019).
2. Guidelines on the use of fluoride for caries prevention in children: an updated EAPD policy document. Toumba KJ, Twetman S, Splieth C, Parnell C, van Loveren C, Lygidakis NA. Eur Arch Paediatr Dent. 2019 Dec;20(6):507-516.
3. Fluoride toothpastes of different concentrations for preventing dental caries. Glenny AM, Marinho VC, Jeroncic A Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2019 Mar 4;3:CD007868.



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