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Canadian researcher creates caries risk assessment tool
April 21, 2020 -- A Canadian researcher has developed a screening tool to assist a variety of professionals in assessing the risk of tooth decay in children younger than 6 years.
Fluoride exposure in infancy linked to lower nonverbal IQ
December 2, 2019 -- Another study has linked early fluoride exposure to lower IQ scores later in life. Researchers from the U.S. and Canada found fluoride intake from reconstituted infant formula was linked to significantly decreased nonverbal IQ scores in preschool-aged children.  Discuss
ADA opposes agency's proposed fluoride hazard rating
November 25, 2019 -- The ADA supports community water fluoridation and believes it is a safe way to prevent caries, despite a recent draft monograph from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' National Toxicology Program that suggests fluoride is a cognitive neurodevelopmental hazard to humans.
Lifelong exposure to fluoride reduces caries in kids
November 8, 2019 -- PHILADELPHIA - Lifetime exposure to community water fluoridation is effective in reducing dental caries in the permanent teeth of teens and tweens, according to studying findings presented at the American Public Health Association 2019 annual meeting.  Discuss
CDA journal explores fluoride, pediatric pain, more
November 1, 2019 -- The November issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association touches on several topics, including the history of water fluoridation in the state and pediatric pain.
Second Opinion: A look at the recent fluoride and IQ study
August 27, 2019 -- In this Second Opinion, Dr. Johnny Johnson Jr., president of the American Fluoridation Society, looks at a recent study in JAMA Pediatrics about fluoride and IQ. Dr. Johnson addresses the study's drawbacks and calls for robust research on fluoride and fluoridation.  Discuss
Can SDF reduce restoration bond strength? Yes and no
August 22, 2019 -- Can the application of silver diamine fluoride (SDF) affect restoration bond strength? The results are mixed, according to a new systematic review published in the International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry.  Discuss
ADA responds to water fluoridation study
August 21, 2019 -- The ADA has reinforced its support for community water fluoridation in a statement on August 19 following a controversial fluoride study.
Study questions whether fluoride can lower kids' IQ
August 19, 2019 -- Prenatal fluoride exposure may have neurotoxic effects, according to a study published August 19 in JAMA Pediatrics. Researchers found that children with greater prenatal fluoride exposure had lower IQ scores as preschoolers.  Discuss
Fluoride may contribute to kidney changes in U.S. kids
August 8, 2019 -- Fluoride exposure may contribute to kidney function changes in U.S. children, according to the findings of a study published August 8 in the journal Environment International. The authors cautioned more research is needed to explore a potential link.  Discuss
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Study finds SDF safe and effective on kids' teeth
Silver diamine fluoride (SDF) was found to be safe and 100% effective in stopping active caries in primary teeth of at-risk children and was also well-accepted by their parents in a new study, published in the Journal of Public Health Dentistry. Read more.