Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
Print version ISSN 1413-8123
RAMIRES, Irene and BUZALAF, Marília Afonso Rabelo. Fifty years of fluoridation of public water supplies in Brazil: benefits for the control of dental caries. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2007, vol.12, n.4, pp. 1057-1065. ISSN 1413-8123. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232007000400027.
Fluoridation of public water supplies is among the most important public health measures for control of dental caries. Through a review of the literature, this study intends to reaffirm the importance and scope of fluoridation for caries control, as this is acknowledged as one of the most effective ways of ensuring the constant presence of fluoride in the oral cavity, which is vital for controlling caries. Water fluoridation is rated as an important factor for reducing caries, meaning that it should be maintained and also monitored, ensuring adequate fluoride levels for controlling caries while avoiding dental fluorosis.
Keywords : Fluoride; Fluoridation; Control of dental caries.