Did you know that the majority of bottled water on the market do not contain optimal levels (0.7–1.2 ppm) of fluoride. And, some types of home water treatment systems can reduce the fluoride levels in water supplies potentially decreasing the decay-preventive effects of optimally fluoridated water.
Things to know about fluoride:
– Research shows that fluoride helps prevent cavities in children and adults. Known as, “nature’s cavity fighter,” fluoride also helps to repair the early stages of tooth decay and strengthen your teeth’s enamel.
– While you should use toothpaste containing fluoride, you can also find this cavity preventing mineral in fluoridated public water supplies, fluoride gel used by your dentist, and many other dental products.
– For children younger than 3 years, begin brushing your children’s teeth as soon as they begin to come into the mouth by using fluoride toothpaste in an amount no more than a smear or the size of a grain of rice. For children 3 to 6 years of age, dispense no more than a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. Brush teeth thoroughly twice per day (morning and night) or as directed by a dentist or physician. Supervise children’s brushing to minimize swallowing of toothpaste.
– Studies prove that water fluoridation continues to be effective in reducing dental decay by at least 25 percent in children and adults. In fact, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention proclaimed community water fluoridation as one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century. (ADA)
For more information on fluoride be sure to contact one of our dental professionals.
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