Back to Basics: Fluoride
Fluoride is a nutrient that is added to municipal water, but does not occur in significant amounts in well water. In fact, research shows that fluoride helps to fight cavities and is safe, cost effective, and helps the body.
WHERE CAN I GET FLUORIDE?
Fluoride is in the drinking water in Erie County. Fluoridated water combined with fluoride toothpastes is beneficial for preventing tooth decay. Fluoride works when both ingested and when applied directly to the teeth. In addition, small amounts of fluoride found in meats, fish, eggs, and tea can also contribute to fluoride intake.
HOW MUCH FLUORIDE IS ENOUGH?
The recommended amount of fluoride in drinking water is 0.7 mg/L. Consequently, Erie County officials check the fluoride levels daily and find 95% accuracy. This indicates that the fluoride in the water in Erie County is adequate and safe. In addition, the data shows zero instances of the maximum level of fluoride acceptable (2.2 mg/L). Fluorosis can result from too much fluoride intake and presents as white spots on teeth. In fact, teaching children to not swallow toothpaste can prevent this problem. However, too much fluoride is not dangerous.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
Fluoride can help with prevention of tooth decay. Certainly, fluoride is inexpensive and found in water, foods, and toothpastes. Tooth decay can lead to cavities. Cavities can lead to more serious, painful and expensive problems. Fluoride is thoroughly researched. As a result, we know that fluoride is safe and effective.
If you have any further questions about fluoride, please ask Dr. Rubins Noel at AffableCare Dental.
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