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Title: Fluoride levels in drinking water in the central province of Saudi Arabia
Authors: Al-Dosari, A.
Akpata, E.
Khan, N.
Wyne, A.
Al-Meheithif, A.
Keywords: Fluoride level; drinking water; Centre Province; Saudi Arabia
Issue Date: 2003
Publisher: King Khalid University Hospital
Citation: Annals Saudi Med; 23(1-220-23
Abstract: Background: This study was designed to assess the fluoride levels in drinking water in the Central Province of Saudi Arabia. Materials and Methods: A total of 817 water samples were collected from 260 locations in Central Saudi Arabia. An atomic absorption spectrophotometer [HACH instrument, model DR 3000] was used in the analyses of water samples for fluoride levels. Results: The results showed that fluoride levels vary between 0.00 and 6.20 ppm. About 75% and 6% of the population in Riyadh and Qassim regions, respectively, were exposed to very low fluoride levels (0.00-0.30 ppm), while less than 3% of the population in both regions were exposed to fluoride levels ranging from 0.61 to 0.80 ppm. A higher percentage of the population in Qassim than Riyadh region were exposed to high fluoride levels (>0.81 ppm); 28.63% than in Riyadh with 9.24%. Conclusions: The findings of this study can serve as a baseline data for water fluoridation and other dental preventive programs in the area.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/16049
ISSN: 0256-4947
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