Tooth enamel is made up of various minerals some of which are lost every day while others continue to develop. Demineralization occurs when the acids in the foods that we eat start to erode our tooth enamel. The fluoride in our saliva is a natural source of remineralization and the fluoride content of our home care products helps in the process.
The relevance of fluoride in the battle against tooth decay has been so well established that fluoride has been added to the content of communal drinking water supplies all across the country. Both the World Health Organization and the US Centers for Disease Control support this effort.
Dentists whose patients live in rural areas and may get their tap water from an underground well often recommend the extra protection that an in-office fluoride treatment can provide. The treatments are especially beneficial for children whose teeth are still developing. Parents are advised to closely supervise the use of fluoride products at home.
There are foods that you can include in your diet that will provide a higher level of fluoride content than others. The produce from plants that grow in the ground for instance, will have absorbed some of the fluoride that is naturally found in the soil. Bottled water is a convenient choice for today’s busy lifestyle but many brands are low in fluoride content, so be sure to check the label.
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