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What is fluoride and how does it work?

Fluoride is a natural mineral that can safely strengthen teeth to help prevent tooth decay and permanent tooth loss, which is usually caused by acids released by bacteria found in plaque. When a tooth’s surface is weakened by decay, fluoride can be absorbed into the weakened tooth surface to strengthen the enamel. Amazingly, the new tooth material created by this strengthening process is even more durable than the original.

ACT® Does More

The daily use of a fluoride toothpaste is a vital part of any successful oral care program. But you may be shortchanging yourself if you rely on toothpaste alone. In fact, using water or a traditional non-fluoride mouthwash after brushing may wash away the fluoride your toothpaste left behind, greatly diminishing its effectiveness. Using ACT fluoride products, which contain the maximum amount of fluoride available without a prescription, is a simple solution to make sure every member of your family gets the fluoride they need.

Most People Don’t Get Enough Fluoride

You never stop needing fluoride. The simple truth is that most people – kids and adults alike – don’t get enough.

Consider the facts:

  • 85% of all adults experience tooth decay. 1
  • More than 60% of adults will lose a permanent tooth due to cavities. 2
  • Over 30% of the U.S. population does not receive fluoridated water. 3
  • The majority of bottled waters do not contain optimal levels of fluoride. And, some types of home water treatment systems can reduce the fluoride levels in water supplies. 4