Dental decay is a common disease. One way to help prevent this disease from occurring is through the use of fluoride.
What does fluoride do?
Fluoride helps to harden your tooth enamel and make it more resistant to decay. A small cavity can be stopped and even reversed by the remineralisation process enhanced by fluoride.
How can you get fluoride?
Fluoride can be delivered to the teeth in 2 ways; systemically (enters the blood stream) and topically (direct contact with the teeth).
Systemic Fluoride is delivered to the tooth surface via the bloodstream. Systemic fluoride can be derived from a food source, water source, or dietary supplements (pill, tablet, lozenge, drop). Fluoridated water is an effective way to reduce the problem of dental decay.
It has been shown that fluoridated water and dietary supplements can reduce tooth decay by up to 60%. Some water supplies already contain naturally occurring fluoride and for others, fluoride is intentionally added. Some communities have no fluoride in their water; others are unaware of this option.