How can I get enough fluoride?

published December 5th, 2008

If you and your family have a balanced diet, you will get all the nutrients you need for good dental health, with one possible exception – fluoride. Fluoride is vital for strong, decay-resistant teeth. If there is not enough fluoride in your community water supply, the level of fluoride can be adjusted to the right amount for good dental health (about one part fluoride per million parts water). If your drinking water is not fluoridated, ask your dentist how you can get the fluoride you need. Fluoride toothpastes and mouthrinses have been proven effective in helping prevent dental decay. However, they do not contribute to your dietary fluoride. Together, a balanced diet, daily use of fluoride, brushing and flossing, and sensible eating habits, can reduce the risk of or even prevent dental disease.

Clean teeth and gums

Having a clean mouth is important. In addition to being healthier, it gives you fresh breath and a nicer smile. When you eat, bits of food, some too small for you to see, remain in your mouth. They feed bacteria that grow in a sticky film on your teeth. This film, called plaque, is the main cause of tooth decay and gum disease.

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