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How to Check for Fluoride in Your Water (Video)

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You likely know that water is the best thing you can drink for your oral health, and your overall health too. We’ve certainly mentioned it often enough, recently in a blog post about healthy snack choices. For many smiles, it’s an even better choice if it contains fluoride.

Fluoride strengthens your tooth enamel so it’s more resistant to decay. It can even reverse the effects of early stage decay. It’s so important, in fact, that many communities have fluoridated their water supplies. Fluoridation of public water began in Grand Rapids, MI in 1945 and has since grown to include many municipal and regional water systems. You can check to see if your community has fluoridated water using a handy tool on the CDC’s website.

What about bottled water? As explained in this American Dental Association video, you’ll need to check the product’s label to see if there is fluoride in your water. If water is treated with distillation or reverse osmosis before bottling, fluoride may be lost.

If you have any questions about fluoride in your water, feel free to ask us at your next dental exam. We’re happy to give you some guidelines. We can also determine whether you or other members of your family would benefit from a professional fluoride treatment. To schedule an appointment, call Carmichael Dental Care at 334-600-1423 today.

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