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Fluoride and Oral Health - United Concordia Dental Insurance

Fluoride and Oral Health

Fluoride

Fluoride is a naturally occurring element that helps to reduce cavities. Fluoride deficiency can lead to increased risk of tooth decay, and weakened teeth and bones. For this reason, fluoride is often added to community drinking water systems and helps reduce childhood tooth decay by 50%. Bottled waters often do not contain enough fluoride to help prevent cavities.

Fluoride can also be consumed through foods prepared in fluoridated water, tea and gelatin. Since ocean water contains natural sodium fluoride, most seafood options also provide some fluoride to your diet.

 

Sources:

Fluoride in Diet; U.S. National Library of Medicine; April 2015

Community Water Fluoridation; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; April 2015