Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral in water, how much is in the water you drink depends on what part of the UK you’re from. You might also find Fluoride in tea and fish, as well as more obvious places such as toothpaste and chewing gum. It is well documented that fluoride reduces the risk of tooth decay or dental caries, it does this by protecting the outer layers of the teeth from damage by acids.
New report suggests adding fluoride to water
Experts are suggesting we consider ‘mass fluoridation of water’ because this may well go some way to reducing dental caries! This stems from a study by Public Health England that provides compelling evidence that fluoridation of mains water may well be the best way to prevent tooth decay. Tooth decay has also been linked to heart disease and other cardiovascular issues meaning a reduction in tooth decay may well help overall health.
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