Written by: on December 30, 2014 @ 2:08 am

TrueFluoride is well-known as a big help in terms of preventive dental care. The compound is infused into most toothpastes and mouthwashes on the market. Children who aren’t getting enough fluoride sometimes take supplemental tablets and fluoride treatments to help harden up their protective enamel. Fluoride has the ability to strengthen teeth topically as well as internally. Do you think you know the basic facts about fluoride? Try this quiz to find out.


Q1. True or false: Fluoride is a chemical made by scientists.

Q2. True or false: Fluorosis is a condition which can befall people at any age.

Q3. True or false: Many American neighborhoods infuse tap water supplies with safe levels of fluoride.

Q4. True or false: Eggs are a good source of natural fluoride.


A1. FALSE – Fluoride is derived from fluorine, a mineral element that can be found in small amounts in water, air and some foods. Because it comes from a natural source, fluoride is considered to be a safe additive in toothpastes and mouthwashes.

A2. FALSE – Children under the age of 6 that are exposed to extremely high doses of fluoride are at risk for fluorosis. A child with fluorosis will have discoloration on newly developing teeth. To avoid this, supervise young children when they brush their teeth and keep toothpastes and mouthwashes out of reach.

A3. TRUE – Water-fluoridation systems have become quite common in American neighborhoods. The systems are checked daily to ensure safe levels of fluoride in our drinking water. The American Dental Hygienists’ Association notes that adding fluoride to water in the United States has reduced tooth decay by up to 60% since World War II.

A4. TRUE – Additionally, meat and fish have fluoride, although you will still want to seek the compound from other sources. The amount found in a serving of food is not enough to adequately fight tooth decay.


To learn more, or to schedule an appointment with one of the experts at the Comfort Dental Group, then contact us today by calling our office at (248) 474-6434. We welcome patients living in and around Farmington Hills, Livonia, Novi, Northville, Westland, and Dearborn Heights.

Catogories: Fluoride, General Dentistry

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