Fluoride supplements and changes in tooth decay on the Island of Tristan da Cuhna, 1966-1996

P. A. Mossey, C. A. P. Southwick, W. L. Wrieden, P. Longbottom, G. Topping, D. R. Stirrups

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    Abstract

    The island of Tristan da Cunha is one of the few remaining enclosed communities in the world. This paper reports the results of the first dental health survey to be carried out on the island since a fluoride supplementation programme was introduced in 1982. The dental health of 6–19-year-old children in Tristan da Cunha showed a significant improvement between 1966 and 1996. The number of caries-free individuals is suggestive of the efficacy of a school fluoride supplementation programme. The availability of longitudinal records makes this a good population for carrying out future studies of dental health and disease.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)159-162
    Number of pages4
    JournalBritish Dental Journal
    Volume195
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2003

    Keywords

    • Fluoridation
    • Adult dental health survey

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