March 2, 2007, Newsletter Issue #53: The Importance of Fluoride

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If you don't want to wake up some day with an intimidating smile of yellowed, decayed, pirate's teeth or with terrible pain in your mouth, then you should worry about tooth decay.

Most people know that eating sugary or starchy foods and drinking sodas (including diet sodas) can lead to cavities and most even brush their teeth, though often not the recommended two times daily. However, many people don't know that giving your teeth access to fluoride can help strengthen them against decay, therefore preventing cavities.

Fortunately, fluoride is easy to come by these days. Many, but not all, toothpastes contain fluoride. There are also inexpensive fluoride rinses available in most pharmacies where they sell other mouthwashs and even most city drinking contains some fluoride to help out your teeth.

If you drink your tap water and clean your teeth, you may never have to shell out for an expensive tooth whitening procedure or filling.

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