fluorFluoride is a mineral that is found in all water sources such as oceans, lakes and rivers .

Research shows that fluoride helps prevent cavities in children and adults by making teeth more resistant to acid attacks that cause cavities. Fluoride helps repair the early stages of tooth decay even before the decay can be seen .








There are two ways you can benefit from fluoride : topical and systemic .


Topical fluoride is the kind you get in the dental office or by using products such as dental toothpaste or mouthwash . Systemic fluoride is ingested , usually through a public water supply . While the teeth are forming under the gums , the fluorine largely taken from drinking water and other beverages strengthens tooth enamel making it stronger and more resistant to decay . This provides what is called a "systemic" profit. After teeth erupt , fluoride helps rebuild ( remineralize ) weakened tooth enamel and reverse the early signs of tooth decay. When you brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste , or use other fluoride dental products , they are providing you " topic " benefit, because fluoride is being applied to the surface of your teeth.


In addition , consumption of fluoridated water and other beverages with fluoride is currently providing a benefit because it becomes part of your saliva that constantly bathes the teeth and helps rebuild weakened tooth enamel . The maximum reduction in tooth decay occurs when fluoride is available systemically and topically. Studies show that fluoridation of community water , the addition of fluoride to water at a level recommended for preventing tooth decay , prevents at least 25 percent of tooth decay in children and adults . In fact , water fluoridation of the community is seen as the most effective public health measure to prevent tooth decay, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have proclaimed that water fluoridation of the community is "one of the 10 great public health achievements . "