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TABLE 1

Summary of Fluoride Modalities for Low- and High-Risk Patients

Fluoride ModalityLow Caries RiskHigh Caries Risk
Toothpaste Starting at tooth emergence (smear of paste until age 3 y, then pea-sized) Starting at tooth emergence (smear of paste until age 3 y, then pea-sized) 
Fluoride varnish Every 3–6 mo starting at tooth emergence Every 3–6 mo starting at tooth emergence 
Over-the-counter mouth rinse  Not applicable Starting at age 6 y if the child can reliably swish and spit 
Community water fluoridation Yes Yes 
Dietary fluoride supplements Yes, if drinking water supply is not fluoridated Yes, if drinking water supply is not fluoridated 
Fluoride ModalityLow Caries RiskHigh Caries Risk
Toothpaste Starting at tooth emergence (smear of paste until age 3 y, then pea-sized) Starting at tooth emergence (smear of paste until age 3 y, then pea-sized) 
Fluoride varnish Every 3–6 mo starting at tooth emergence Every 3–6 mo starting at tooth emergence 
Over-the-counter mouth rinse  Not applicable Starting at age 6 y if the child can reliably swish and spit 
Community water fluoridation Yes Yes 
Dietary fluoride supplements Yes, if drinking water supply is not fluoridated Yes, if drinking water supply is not fluoridated 
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