Fluoride decreases dental decay. Since 1945 the U.S. Government has advocated the controlled addition of fluoride to public drinking water. In small amounts, ingested fluoride seems to strengthen the enamel while it is being formed in young children or pregnant women. Recommended levels of fluoride in water should range from 0.5mg – 1.0mg per liter of water with 0.7mg per liter as optimal. Too much fluoride in water will change the appearance of the enamel making permanent teeth look discolored and pitted. Applying fluoride topically to the teeth in the form of toothpaste or gels stimulates the re-mineralization of the enamel and topical fluoride gel can also decrease the sensitivity of exposed root surfaces. Fluoride treatment is recommended as an adjunct to your scheduled dental cleanings. If your water supply is from a well, take a sample of your water to the county and have it tested for fluoride levels. If there is an insufficient amount, please contact our office at 847-215-1511 for advice on how to ensure your teeth are adequately protected.


Shiffman-Morris Dental Associates, Ltd.

195 N Arlington Heights Rd
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089

Phone: (847) 215-1511
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