Why is fluoride so important for your family’s smile? Simple. It fights tooth decay. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that one in five people have untreated tooth decay which can lead to pain, infection and ultimately to problems speaking, eating, working and playing.1
Most people already know fluoride is good for a healthy smile. But not many people know what it actually is. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral found in soil, water and some foods. It reduces cavities and helps repair tooth enamel by replenishing lost calcium and phosphorous.
Fluoride in Water
Adding fluoride to community water is considered one of ten great health achievements of the 20th century. The American Dental Association (ADA) says optimal level of fluoride in community water is safe and effective in preventing tooth decay be at least 25% in children and adults. Just drinking water, Americans benefit from fluoride’s cavity protection.2
What about that "Do Not Swallow" warning?
Ever wondered about the "Do Not Swallow" warning on fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash? It’s a classic case of too much of a good thing. Fluoride is beneficial when used as directed, but not in high doses. That’s one more reason to supervise tooth-brushing time with the kids, especially those under age six!
Feel free to download and share this handy infographic as a guide for your friends and family:
1 - http://www.cdc.gov/policy/hst/statestrategies/oralhealth/index.html
2 - http://www.ada.org/en/public-programs/advocating-for-the-public/fluoride-and-fluoridation