Use of fluoride, both through dietary and topical applications, has led to dramatic drops in caries rates.
How Does Fluoride Help Prevent Dental Caries?
Through topical mechanisms, the main effect, fluoride works by:
Through systemic mechanisms, the lesser effect, fluoride works by:
What Are the Primary Sources of Fluoride?
Systemic Fluoride is obtained through:
Topical Fluoride is the most beneficial and is obtained through:
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