Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in all water sources even the oceans. Many people in the mountains have well water and should get their wells tested to see what levels of fluoride, as well as other minerals, are present in their water supply.
Fluoride can prevent cavities in children and adults. Cavities that are not treated can cause pain, loss of teeth and periodontal disease. The good news is you can prevent most cavities with good dental care and fluoride.
Where can you get fluoride besides your water supply? If you think you need more fluoride you can take a supplement like drops or lozenges and use fluoride toothpaste or mouth rinses. When you shop for dental products, look for the ADA seal so you know the product is safe and effective. Also, when you visit your Golden CO dentist we can apply a topical fluoride varnish to your teeth.
If you have more questions, visit MouthHealthy.org/fluoride for the latest information about fluoride and fluoridation.