Review: Water fluoridation for the prevention of dental caries
Dental caries is a major public health problem in most industrialised countries, affecting 60% to 90% of school children. Community water fluoridation was initiated in the USA in 1945 and is currently practised in about 25 countries around the world; health authorities consider it to be a key strategy for preventing dental caries. Given the continued interest in this topic from health professionals, policy makers and the public, it is important to update and maintain a systematic review that reflects contemporary evidence.
ObjectivesTo evaluate the effects of water fluoridation (artificial or natural) on the prevention of dental caries.
To evaluate the effects of water fluoridation (artificial or natural) on dental fluorosis.