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Prof. Dr. Jack Toumba

The Clinical Use of Fluorides For The Prevention Of Dental Caries In Children

The mainstay of preventive measures are the judicious use of fluoride (F), plaque control, fissure sealants and sensible dietary advice.  It is the activity of the fluoride ion in the oral environment that is of most importance in reducing the solubility of the enamel rather than a high content of fluoride in enamel.  This is now the most widely accepted view of the role of fluoride in the prevention of dental caries. Fluoridated toothpastes have had the greatest impact on combating dental caries, which has declined dramatically since their introduction in the early 1970’s.  There are numerous different toothpaste formulations with differing fluoride concentrations for use by children and adults.  Fluoride is also available clinically in tablets and drops, gels, rinses, varnishes and on a community level in water, salt and milk.  Cochrane reviews have proven the clinical effectiveness of many clinical fluoride products.  The latest fluoride research is investigating the use of slow-release devices for the long term intra-oral provision of fluoride. F over-dosage leads to acute and chronic toxicity.  Today the use of fluoride dental products are as safe as can be and this presentation will discuss these issues and highlight the safe use of fluoride in Paediatric Dentistry.


Professor Jack Toumba obtained his BSc (Hons) in biochemistry and physiology from Leeds University in 1976 and his MSc in steroid endocrinology in 1977. He then graduated with BChD from Leeds University in 1984. For eleven years was a Senior Dental Officer in Paediatric Dentistry. He obtained his FDSRCS from the Royal College of Surgeons of England and his PhD from Leeds University on the topic of fluoride slow-releasing devices. He was awarded a personal Chair in Paediatric and Preventive Dentistry in October 2004. Prof Toumba has published over 100 research papers/books/articles in international journals and obtained research grants valuing over £2.5 million. Jack is co-author of 'Restorative Techniques in Paediatric Dentistry', ‘Handbook of Dental Traumatology’ and ‘Paediatric Dentistry At A Glance’. He was Editor in Chief of the European Archives of Paediatric Dentistry journal from 2010-2018. He is currently the EAPD President (from 2018-2020).  He was the programme Director of the MSc and DPaedDent postgraduate programmes in Paediatric Dentistry at Leeds University from 2000-2015. From October 2018 he was appointed Professor of Paediatric and Preventive Dentistry at the University of Kuwait. He is an internationally respected scientist and clinician and is invited all over the world to give talks and courses on Paediatric Dentistry. His particular expertise is in prevention of dental caries, dental trauma, slow-release fluoride devices and the clinical use of fluorides.