Fluoride: You Never Outgrow Your Need
You grew up with fluoride. Your teeth show it in the very fact that you still have them. Before 1945, by the time your nest was empty, your mouth was often empty as well. But when cities began adding it to water supplies, tooth decay took a nose dive. Most of us never gave it a second thought, just turned on the tap and downed the cure.
Fluoride reverses the demineralization of your teeth. It strengthens them, prevents plaque and caries, wards off gum disease and protects roots. So it’s not just for kids. If your drinking water doesn’t provide sufficient fluoride, ask about supplements. Take a bite out of decay.
While fluoride occurs naturally in many substances we eat and drink, if you’re drinking PURE water—from a bottle or home water-purifier—you may not be getting enough of it. A safe, effective level is 0.7 mg fluoride per liter of water. Check with your public water supply to see if it’s fluoridated. Check the labels on bottled water.
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I grew up in Valparaiso, IN before attending Indiana University Bloomington. I then attended dental school at the Indiana University School of Dentistry. After graduating, I moved to North Carolina with my wife, Amber, where she would complete a medical residency at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While obtaining my license in North Carolina, I worked in a safety net clinic for the underserved in Roxboro and Yanceyville, NC. I practiced there for five years, gaining valuable experience as a clinician and serving as the dental director in my final year. For the next five years, I treated patients in private practice in Cary, NC, becoming proficient in performing the latest dental procedures. My wife and I are the proud parents of two girls: Audriana and Genevieve. We also have a Weimaraner named Lulu, who ensures there is never a dull moment around the house!