Fluoride is an important mineral that strengthens tooth enamel, which thereby helps to prevent decay of tooth structures.
Water fluoridation is important. Most communities fluoridate their drinking supplies in order for the general population to benefit from this inexpensive and effective preventative treatment. The consistent use of bottled water may result in individuals missing the benefits of optimally fluoridated water. A child may face a condition called enamel fluorosis if he or she receives too much fluoride during the years of tooth development. Too much fluoride can result in defects in tooth enamel.
People seeking information on whether their water system is fluoridated can now find out by visiting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website. Optimal levels recommended by the U.S. Public Health Service and CDC for drinking water range from 0.7 parts per million (ppm) for warmer climates, to 1.2 ppm for cooler climates accounting for the tendency to drink more water in warmer climates.