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In the 1930’s an interesting discovery was made. Scientists learned that people who lived in areas with naturally fluoridated water had a significantly lower rate of cavities than people who lived in other areas. Once the link between fluoride and dental health was made, many municipalities began adding fluoride to their water supplies. Fluoride strengthens the teeth and the bones in children as they grow. For adults, fluoride returns lost minerals to the enamel of their teeth.

Fluoride can be provided in treatments by your dentist through gels, pills or rinses. Most toothpastes have fluoride as an ingredient, and there are mouthwashes that contain fluoride. However, if there is fluoride in your water, and you use a toothpaste containing fluoride, chances are good that you are getting your recommended amount. Your dentist will be able to evaluate your teeth and determine if you need fluoride supplements.

If used correctly, and as directed by your dentist, fluoride is safe. If your children ingest too much fluoride, they can develop a condition known as fluorosis when their permanent teeth come in. fluorosis is characterized by spots or streaks on the teeth. This is a cosmetic problem that is usually unnoticeable, and can be easily corrected.

If you are concerned about your, or your children’s level of fluoride, our dentist, Dr. Colton Rich will be happy to see you for an evaluation. To make an appointment at Frandsen Dental in Orem, Utah, call 801-224-7900 today.