Fluoride is a natural substance that can help strengthen your teeth and prevent decay. Watch this video to learn more about the benefits of fluoride, and why it’s often found in community water supplies as well as toothpastes. Don’t forget to ask your dentist in Damascus about whether you and your family are getting enough fluoride.
Fluoride has been added to many community water supplies across the country since the 1950s. Because of fluoride’s role in preventing tooth decay, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention consider water fluoridation to be “one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20 th century.” If you tend to drink bottled water instead of tap water, look for brands that have fluoride added to help protect your teeth. Your dentist may recommend using a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Fluoride treatments from your dentist may be useful for both teenagers and adults to help prevent tooth decay.