What is fluoride and how is it good for my teeth?
Fluoride is naturally occurring element found in our environment. The most critical time for fluoride is in the second to third year of life when tooth enamel is being formed. Fluoride will make the entire tooth structure more resistant to decay. Fluoride use can also encourage remineralization of the tooth surfaces which can help in repairing early decay before it causes a cavity to help decrease tooth sensitivity.
Fluoridated water protects against cavities; can protect against root caries, a condition often found in adults; and help remineralize early carious lesions (small decay). Over 140 studies done by 20 different countries proved that fluorided water is "the single most effective public health measure to prevent tooth decay and improve oral health for a lifetime " as stated by AGD.
Recommendations for fluoride use:
Fluoride use with adults:
American Dietetic Association position paper on: The Impact of Fluoride on Dental Health
September 14, 2007
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