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HOW FLUORIDE HELPS YOU

If you use a fluoride toothpaste, drink water with the recommended level of fluoride, and get regular checkups, your teeth have a much better chance of fighting dental decay and staying where they belong: in your mouth.

Fluoride is a mineral that can be found naturally in water and many foods. In drinking water, the recommended level is one part fluoride to one million parts water. In many communities where the natural fluoride level doesn’t meet this standard, just the right amount of fluoride is added to the water supply. The reason is simple; fluoride helps to prevent tooth decay.

Fluoride strengthens tooth enamel. It works its way into tooth enamel crystals and makes teeth harder and more decay-resistant. It is particularly helpful to infants and young children whose tooth enamel is still in the formative stage. Statistics abound on its success on keeping tooth decay to a minimum. When there are no fluoride supplements in the local water supplies, it is especially important to consult your dentist about regular fluoride treatments.

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