Did you know that fluoride exists naturally in virtually all water supplies? Fluoride is a natural mineral that can stop cavities from forming. It reduces decay by strengthening tooth enamel.
Many communities add fluoride to water. Water is “fluoridated” when a public water system adjusts the fluoride to a level known to prevent tooth decay. Drinking water should have about 0.7 milligrams of fluoride per liter.
Adding fluoride to water is safe and benefits everyone. In fact, as more and more communities have added fluoride to water supplies, our nation has seen a major decline in cavities and other dental problems. Fluoridation has been identified as the most practical and cost-effective method of delivering fluoride to all members of a community, regardless of age, education, or income.
Community water fluoridation is
recommended by nearly all public health, medical, and dental organizations, including the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and others as a safe, effective way to reduce decay.