7 Facts About Fluoride
1. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that is found in all sources of water.
2. Fluoride can reverse the beginning stages of decay. In the extremely early stages of demineralization, fluoride that is applied topically can remineralize the enamel on your tooth, technically reversing the process of a cavity.
3. Fluoride treats sensitivity. Using fluoridated dental products daily, such as a fluoride mouthwash or toothpaste, can help decrease sensitivity.
4. 74% of the US population drinks fluoridated water. Fluoride is added into public water supplies for the purpose of preventing tooth decay, this is called "community water fluoridation".
5. Children benefit the most from ingesting fluoride because their teeth are forming underneath their gums.
6. Since WWII, community water fluoridation has been credited with reducing tooth decay by 50%-60%.
7. Fluorosis is a condition that can happen when children between the ages of 3 months and 8 years are overexposed to fluoride, usually from swallowing too much toothpaste. Tiny white permanent streaks or spots appear on the enamel of the teeth.
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