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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 18  |  Page : 159-160

Assessment of fluoride content in carbonated drinks


1 Professor and Head, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, A J Institute of Dental Sciences, Kuntikana, Mangalore, Karnataka, India
2 Assistant Professor, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, A J Institute of Dental Sciences, Kuntikana, Mangalore, Karnataka, India

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Vijaya Hegde
Professor and Head, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, A J Institute of Dental Sciences, Kuntikana, Mangalore, Karnataka
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Background: Excessive intake of fluoride from dietary sources increases the risk of dental fluorosis. Consumption of carbonated drinks has increased over the years. Some children may receive substantial intake of fluoride from soft drinks, but there is a lacunae in literature regarding the fluoride content in beverages. Objective: The objective of this study is to analyze the fluoride concentration in carbonated drinks which are from international brands and those manufactured locally. Materials and Methods: Samples of the carbonated drinks were analyzed using Fluoride ion specific electrode Results: The mean fluoride concentration of carbonated drinks from international brands ranged from 0.4ppm - 0.5ppm and those available locally ranged from 0.1ppm- 0.16ppm. Students-t test was used to find the significant difference between the groups. Conclusion: The findings suggest that it forms an additional source of fluoride exposure for the population


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