Fluoride for Oral Health
Fluoride helps make teeth stronger and helps prevent cavities. One way to get fluoride is through drinking water. However, bottled water or water that has been treated by reverse osmosis, distillation or deionization has have very little or no fluoride.
Fluoride can also be found in some toothpastes, floss, and mouth rinses, so daily oral hygiene with those products helps prevent decay. Your dentist may also prescribe or apply fluoride to strengthen teeth during routine dental visits.
Did you know an estimated 200 million people drink and cook with fluoridated water every day? Check out the informative Fluoridated Water—Tap into it! video from Brighter Futures Michigan on the safety and benefits of community water fluoridation. Join the Campaign for Dental Health (www.ilikemyteeth.org) in spreading the word about the importance of community water fluoridation.
- A number of researchers and health officials have publicly spoken about the scientific evidence supporting fluoridation
- Fluoride and Water: What Parents Should Know
- Water First: Think Your Drink
- South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources - fluoride in drinking water
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - community water fluoridation
- Partnership for a Healthier America - You Are What You Drink
- What's In Your Drink? poster