Most of us get a sufficient supply of fluoride just by drinking the water from our kitchen tap. Since the early 1950’s most community drinking water sources have been supplemented with fluoride for the protection of the dental health of the residents. There are still some rural areas, however, that get their drinking water from an underground well. Although small amounts of fluoride can be found in the natural state of soil and minerals, it is not sufficient to protect from tooth decay.
Families who are not exposed to a fluoridated water supply can benefit from in-office treatments and home care products that contain fluoride. Check the labels of content on the toothpaste and mouthwashes that your family uses and always look for the ADA Seal of Approval on the packaging.
Fluoride is especially important in the development of children’s tooth enamel. One way that parents can contribute is through diet. Foods and drinks high in fluoride content include grape juice, orange juice, tomato products (ketchup anyone?) and carrot sticks all of which are known to appeal to the tastebuds of the younger set.
If you’re not sure if your family is getting enough fluoride you can test your water supply using an over the counter testing kit that you can find online or at some big box outlet stores.
Ask your dentist about the various fluoride supplements that could benefit your family members. Call Rippe Dental Associates today @ 303-562-1073.