Water fluoridation is the act of adding fluoride ions to water in order to reduce tooth decay in the general population.

Note:   The above text is excerpted from the Wikipedia article “Water fluoridation“, which has been released under the GNU Free Documentation License.

Finding the Facts About Fluoride

How Fluoride Protect Your Teeth

Teeth Loss Minerals Daily (Demineralization)

  •          Acids, plaque, and Bactria strip away minerals
  •          Demineralization causes tooth decay

Fluoride Replaces Minerals (Remineralization)

  •         Fluoride, Calcium and Phosphate replace minerals.
  •         Remineralization reduces tooth decay

Fluoridated Water Facts

A recent study at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Adelaide, Australia shows that Fluoride in drinking water cuts tooth decay in adults.

In an advance toward solving a 50-year-old mystery, scientists are reporting new evidence on how the fluoride in drinking water, toothpastes, mouth rinses and other oral-care products prevents tooth decay.

Materials provided by American Chemical Society.

Note: Content may be edited for style and length.

Dentists May Recommend Extra Fluoride for Patients.

  • Between 6 months and 16 years old
  • With dry mouth gum disease or chronic tooth decay
  • With crowns, bridges or braces
  • Who only drink bottled water (no fluoride in bottled water)

Is Fluoride Safe?

  • Extensive studies proves safety
  • Fluoridated water provides safe level of fluoride
  • Excess fluoride can pit, discolor or stain enamel
  • Dentists carefully monitor fluoride exposure for optimal protection

“Though research continues to prove the health benefits associated with drinking fluoridated water, the potential for health risks should continue to be studied,” said IADR President Helen Whelton. “It is promising to know that this cohort study, performed in Sweden, doesn’t find an association between drinking fluoridated water and hip fractures.”

References:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/10/131001141401.htm

https://www.sciencedaily.com/terms/water_fluoridation.htm

http://water.epa.gov/

http://water.ada.org/