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Health Agencies Update
May 26, 2004

Fluoride Supplements for Kids

JAMA. 2004;291(20):2421. doi:10.1001/jama.291.20.2421-b

A new recommendation from the US Preventive Services Task Force, sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, is urging primary care physicians to prescribe oral fluoride supplements to infants older than 6 months and preschool children if their community water supply is deficient in fluoride (http://www.ahrq.gov/clinic/3rduspstf/dentalchild/dentchrs.htm.). Fluoride can help prevent dental cavities, which affect up to 19% of children between the ages of 2 and 5 years and more than half of children aged 5 to 9 years.

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