Why is fluoride important to oral health?

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Fluoride, one of the most plentiful elements on earth, keeps tooth enamel strong and solid by preventing the loss of important minerals from teeth. It also decreases the risk of cavities. Fluoride is typically obtained from two sources: fluoridated water supplies and fluoride dental products.

Although small amounts of fluoride occur naturally in water, the additional fluoridation of community water supplies is a safe, effective and economical way to improve dental health for the entire community. Children benefit from fluoride, since tooth enamel is stronger and more resistant to acid when teeth form in the presence of fluoride. However, when too much fluoride is ingested by children under age 6, tooth discoloration called enamel fluorosis can occur. This is often caused by unsupervised use of toothpaste by young children.

Oral health is a critical component of overall health and well-being. Drinking fluoridated water and using fluoride dental products will help you prevent tooth loss and maintain a healthy smile.