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Source: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
Last Reviewed: December 2021
Workgroups: Oral Health Workgroup
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that primary care providers prescribe oral fluoride supplements for children ages 6 months to 5 years whose water supply doesn’t have enough fluoride. USPSTF also recommends that primary care providers put fluoride varnish on the baby teeth of infants and children once those teeth start to come in. In addition, USPSTF found insufficient evidence to assess whether the benefits of primary care providers regularly screening for tooth decay in children younger than 5 years outweigh the harms.
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U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. (2021). Final Update Summary: Dental Caries in Children from Birth Through Age 5 Years: Screening. Retrieved from https://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/recommendation/prevention-of-dental-caries-in-children-younger-than-age-5-years-screening-and-interventions1