Published: 12/16/2019
Why Fluoride? Fluoride is a mineral that is found throughout nature. It is part of the earth, and is common in water and food. Researchers began to notice that when fluoride was added into water, there was about 2/3 less cavities in people than those who were not consuming fluoride through water. After this was discovered, fluoride became a normal ingredient in drinking water to consciously reduce tooth decay. Fluoride is so prevalent for reducing tooth decay that the American Dental Association, the ADA endorses fluoride, and only puts their seal of approval on dental products that have the mineral in it.

Fluoride is an essential part of keeping our teeth strong and healthy. Fluoride aids in the growing bones and development of teeth, especially in children. Fluoride also helps to harden the enamel on teeth.

Needless to say, this mineral is very prevalent and important to our oral health and our lives. Most of the United States has fluoride in their tap water, but if you do not and you’re considered about your consumption, speak to your dentist. Your dentist will be able to find out if you are consuming enough or if you need supplemented fluoride.

If this is the case, your dentist may recommend you a fluoride rich toothpaste or mouth rinse. Other times they may offer fluoride tablets that you consume to get your dose.

If you have any further questions or would like to know more information on this rich mineral, contact your dental office. Your dentist and their knowledgeable staff will be able to further educate you and your family on fluoride and why it is so important for our teeth.
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