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What is fluoride??

Fluoride is a compound that contains fluorine, a natural element. Using small amounts of fluoride on a routine basis can help prevent tooth decay. In areas where fluoride does not occur naturally, it can be added to the water of the community. It can also be found in various other products like toothpaste, and oral rinse.

How does fluoride prevent cavities??

Fluoride inhibits the loss of minerals from the tooth enamel and encourages remineralization (strengthening areas that are weakened and beginning to develop cavities). Fluorides also affect the bacteria that cause cavities, discouraging acid attacks that break down the tooth.