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December 1992

Fluoride Supplementation: A Survey of Pediatricians and Pediatric Dentists

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Pediatric Dentistry (Drs Jones and Berg) and Pediatrics (Dr Berg), The University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center.

Am J Dis Child. 1992;146(12):1488-1491. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1992.02160240098030

• Objective.  —To determine the protocol and use of prescriptions of fluoride supplementation by primary care pediatricians and pediatric dentists in the Houston (Tex) area.

Design.  —Survey mailed to all primary care pediatricians and pediatric dentists listed in the Yellow Pages of the Greater Houston telephone directory.

Participants.  —153 pediatricians and 47 pediatric dentists.

Main Results.  —Ninety-six percent of the participants prescribed fluoride supplements. Fifty-one percent of the pediatricians and 61 % of the dentists considered that the fluoride content of the water was important. Seventy percent of the pediatricians and 30% of the dentists discontinued the use of supplements by age 7 to 10 years.

Conclusions.  —Pediatricians and pediatric dentists should consider the need for water analysis prior to supplementation and should continue the use of fluoride supplements until 16 years of age.(AJDC. 1992;146:1488-1491)

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