Provides up-to-date information on the rationale for the use of fluoride in dentistry
This volume brings together current concepts relating to the use of fluoride in dentistry. In contributions written by expert authors, data from this large and complex field have been assembled into a clear sequence and presented in a lucid fashion.
The first section deals with the sources of fluoride intake and its metabolism, in order to fully understand fluoride toxicity and the importance of monitoring intake. The second section focuses in more detail on modes of fluoride application and the mechanisms by which this ion interacts with the oral environment to cause a remarkable reduction in dental caries. The role of fluoride in the prevention of dental erosion is also elucidated. The complex mechanisms by which fluoride exerts its effects are described with clarity and the entire text is accompanied by particularly useful illustrations.
As a clear up-to-date summary of current thinking in the field, this book will be essential reading for research workers and postgraduate students. Established researchers and teachers in both clinical and basic sciences will find it to be a valuable addition to their libraries, and clinicians will be able to better evaluate the current scientific evidence on the advantages as well as the hazards of fluoride in dentistry.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Preliminary Pages
- Title Page / Table of Contents / List of Contributors / Foreword
- Fluoride Intake, Metabolism and Toxicity
- Fluoride Intake of Children: Considerations for Dental Caries and Dental Fluorosis
- Fluoride Metabolism
- Contemporary Biological Markers of Exposure to Fluoride
- Historical and Recent Biological Markers of Exposure to Fluoride
- Acute Toxicity of Ingested Fluoride
- Chronic Fluoride Toxicity: Dental Fluorosis
- Impact of Fluoride in the Prevention of Caries and Erosion
- Mechanisms of Action of Fluoride for Caries Control
- Topical Use of Fluorides for Caries Control
- Systemic Fluoride
- Oral Fluoride Reservoirs and the Prevention of Dental Caries
- Fluoride in Dental Erosion
- Further Section
- Author Index
- Subject Index