Acute fluoride poisoning
Annales UMCS, Sectio DDD, Pharmacia, Vol. XXIV, N 2, 1
MAŁGORZATA H.J. SIKORSKA-JAROSZYŃSKA, MARIA MIELNIK-BŁASZCZAK,
DOROTA KRAWCZYK, RAFAŁ WRÓBEL
Chair and Department of Paedodontics Medical University of Lublin
Utilizing fluoride compounds in dentistry has been a significant milestone in dental caries prevention and treatment. However, one must not forget that, despite their huge medical potential, fluoride compounds may cause very serious or even fatal acute poisoning, as well as teeth and bones fluorosis tantamount to chronic poisoning. In the article the causes, manifestations, methods of treatment of the acute fluoride poisoning were presented. It was stated in conclusions that taking into account that acute fluoride poisoning is a life-threatening condition, it is absolutely essential to prevent children from any unsupervised contact with fluoride preparations. Parents and guardians should be educated and hygienists and doctors should be convinced about the necessity of informing patients about fluoride compounds toxicity.
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