Fluoride Action Network


The effect of sodium fluoride therapy on iliac trabecular bone has been studied in 15 patients with primary osteoporosis by comparing bone biopsies taken before and after two years of treatment. A marked increase in bone volume (43%) was observed, which was attributable to an increase in trabecular thickness (46%) rather than their number. Because the trabecular bone surface, the trabecular number, the bone volume/trabecular width ratio, and the trabecular terminus number do not change significantly after fluoride treatment, we conclude that fluoride does not induce the de novo generation of trabeculae, nor does it restore trabecular connectivity despite the restoration of bone mass. These data suggest that the restoration of skeletal mass with fluoride may not lead to a comparable decrease in the risk of future fracture.