Fluoride is the mineral that occurs naturally in all water sources including oceans. Research shows that not only does fluoride prevent cavities in children and adults; it also helps repair early stages of tooth decay, even before the decay is visible.
Fluoride is obtained in 2 ways, topical and systemic. Topical can be found in toothpastes, mouth rinses and fluoride applied in dentist offices. Systemic fluorides are those that are swallowed, including dietary fluoride supplements in the form of tablets, drops or lozenges. Children who regularly drink bottled water, well water and unfluoridated tap water may be missing the benefits of fluoride.
Is Fluoride safe? For more than 60 years of research and experience have shown that optimal levels of fluorinated water do not harm people or the environment. Fluoridation of community water supplies is supported by the American Dental Association, the US Public Health Service and the American Association and World Health Organization.