Fluoride is a naturally occurring earth mineral that is not only found in water but is also found in your bones and teeth. Tooth decay occurs when the minerals in your teeth are broken down by acid from germs in your mouth. Fortunately, there are several ways fluoride can be used to prevent tooth decay.
Community water fluoridation is a process that adds a specific amount of fluoride into the public water supply to help prevent tooth decay. This process is a cost-effective way to increase access to fluoride for people of all ages, education levels, and income levels in the community. Community water fluoridation is safe for your body and improves oral health. The American Dental Association states that studies have not found harms associated with the levels of fluoride found in communities with water fluoridation.
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