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Fluoride Facts

For years, fluoride has been highly important to the dental profession. It is a mineral which is absorbed into and strengthens tooth enamel, fluoride helps prevent decay.

Public drinking supplies are supplemented with sodium fluoride, and have been proved to help in fighting cavities. Private wells may also contain fluoride naturally.

What is Fluoride?

Fluoride is a safe compound found in nature, from the water we drink, the air that we breathe to the food that we eat.

Why is fluoride important to teeth?

Bones and teeth are strengthened by fluoride, it is absorbed into the teeth and makes them more resistant against fractures and decay.

How do I get fluoride?

Drinking water from the tap gives you a certain measure of fluoride. Health professionals do advise in addition to use fluoride toothpastes and mouthwashes. Dental varnishes and gels may be applied to teeth to boost fluoride intake.

Fluoride safety

It is not safe to swallow toothpastes, mouthwashes or other products containing topical fluoride. People who are overexposed to fluoride can develop a harmless condition called fluorosis, which leaves dark enamel stains on the teeth.