Keeping Your Teeth Healthy
Fluoride helps to rebuild and strengthen the tooth’s surface, or enamel. Accordingly, fluoridated water prevents tooth decay by providing frequent and consistent contact with low levels of fluoride. By keeping the tooth strong and solid, fluoride stops cavities from forming and can even rebuild the tooth’s surface.
Although fluoride-containing products, such as toothpaste, mouth rinses, and dietary supplements are available and contribute to the prevention and control of tooth decay, community water fluoridation (CWF) has been identified as the most cost-effective method of delivering fluoride to all, reducing tooth decay by 25% in children and adults.(1) Community water fluoridation is the process of adjusting the amount of fluoride found in the water supply to achieve optimal prevention of tooth decay. (more…)