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Woman drinking bottled water

Fluoride: How You Get It and Why You Need It

What is fluoride?

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that rapidly enters mineralized tissue, such as bone and developing teeth. It hardens tooth enamel, helping to protect against tooth decay (cavities).

How do you get fluoride?

Fluoride is found in drinking water as well as most toothpastes, mouthwashes and other dental products. When visiting the dentist, he or she might apply fluoride varnish or fluoride gel to your teeth. Your dentist might also advise that you use a special fluoride rinse, paste or gel at home.

How important is fluoride?

According to several studies, the fluoride in drinking water alone can reduce the prevalence of dental cavities by up to 50%. What’s more, newer studies show that using fluoride toothpaste will even further reduce your likelihood of getting cavities. If you frequently use dental products (such as toothpaste and mouthwash) with fluoride, your teeth will be better protected against tooth decay.

Fluoride and Acid Wear

Not only can fluoride protect your teeth from decay, it can also reduce enamel wear caused by acid. Acidic foods such as fruit juice, salad dressing, and tomatoes can dissolve your tooth enamel on a daily basis. Adults and children should brush their teeth for two minutes, twice a day to help prevent acid wear. By incorporating fluoride products in your daily oral hygiene routine, you can counteract the acid attacks your teeth endure every day.

For more tips on how to care for your teeth, read our article, Better Ways to Brush Your Teeth.

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