Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Lia Kosmidou, DDS, MS (University of Chicago Medical Center)
Description: This second edition has been revised and expanded to incorporate the contributions of a variety of experts on fluoride research from Europe and North America. The book was first published in 1986.
Purpose: The aim of the book is to bring together the existing research data on fluoride and, based on well-established knowledge, to discuss its efficacious and sometimes deleterious applications on everyday clinical practices. The book is presented in four sections describing different issues concerning fluoride. Distribution of fluoride in the environment and toxicological effects in humans and especially in the oral environment are presented in the first three sections, its clinical and public health uses are presented in the last section.
Audience: Targeted especially for dental and graduate students, the book will also be very useful for dental practitioners and hygienists.
Features: The book contains predominantly black-and-white illustrations, with some color ones, along with numerous tables and graphs. The references are voluminous and up-to-date.
Assessment: This is a very useful book for dental students and practitioners. It attempts to link together research and clinical applications of fluoride. This is an important and timely topic, and the book successfully meets its overall objectives.