Fluoride Action Network


This review of the literature was undertaken to demonstrate the changing trends in the prevalence of dental fluorosis in North America. Using Dean’s early work to establish a baseline for the prevalence of dental fluorosis, results of more recent prevalence surveys were used to establish a range for the occurrence of dental fluorosis today. These results suggest that the prevalence of dental fluorosis now ranges somewhere between 35% and 60% in fluoridated communities and between 20% and 45% in nonfluoridated areas, depending on the influence of different local conditions. While the increase has occurred primarily in the very mild and mild categories of dental fluorosis, there is also some evidence that the prevalence is increasing in the moderate and severe classifications as well.