Thursday, January 10, 2013

Nature's Cavity Fighter

This week on our Facebook page, we've mentioned fluoride a few times, but what is fluoride and why should you take it? Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in all water sources, including oceans, lakes and rivers. Fluoride is called "nature’s cavity fighter," because it helps repair the early stages of tooth decay even before the decay can be seen. Research also shows that fluoride strengthens your teeth.

Adults and children can get fluoride simply by using fluoridated toothpaste and drinking water. Many water supplies have fluoride added to them, but if yours doesn't you can buy fluoridated bottled water. Children may benefit from fluoride supplements if their drinking water is not fluoridated. If you aren't sure whether or not your water is fluoridated, call our office - we have a list of local areas that have it added and those that don't. Worried about the additional cost of prescription fluoride? Fluoride is relatively inexpensive, but some insurance companies consider fluoride a preventive treatment and cover it at 100% with no copay or deductible, so check it out!

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