This statement reviews the rationale for the use of fluoride supplements for infants and children. The concept of fluoridation of water supplies as an effective and cost-beneficial method of reducing caries prevalence in the general population is strongly supported. In the absence of an adequately fluoridated water supply, fluoride supplements should be given to all children. This should begin at about 2 weeks of age; the dosage will depend on the concentration of fluoride in the local water supply. Fluoride-containing dentifrices are an important source of topical fluoride, but it is essential that parents be aware of the danger of excessive fluoride intake and that they teach their children to avoid swallowing toothpaste.
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