A Guide for Developing and Enhancing Community Oral Health Programs  
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Appendix C. Effective Community and Individual Preventive Measures for Dental Caries Prevention
Method of
Period of Use

Community Programs

Community water flouridation Systemic Enitre Population Lifetime
School water flouridation Systemic Schoolchildren School years
School flouride tablet program Systemic Schoolchildren Ages 5–16
School flouride rinse program Topical Schoolchildren Ages 5–16
School sealant program
  (professionally appllied)
Topical Schoolchildren Ages 6–8 and 12–14

Individual Approach
Prescribed flouride tablets or drops Systemic Children Ages 6 months–6 years
Over-the-counter treatments Topical Individual need High-risk populations
Professionally applied flouride treatment Topical Individual need High-risk populations
Flouride toothpaste Topical Enitre Population Lifetime
Professionally applied dental sealants Topical Children Ages 6-8 and 12-14

Source: Allukian Jr. M. 2003. Oral disease: The neglected epidemic. In Scutchfield FF, Keck, CW, eds., Principles of Public Health Practice (2nd ed.). Albany, NY: Delmar Publishers.

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