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What is fluoride, and why is it in drinking water? Is it safe?!

Fluoride is a chemical compound that forms when fluorine combines with other minerals in soil or rock. It is naturally occurring in groundwater, and it is often found in dental hygiene products, such as ACT® Fluoride Mouthwash, to help prevent tooth decay. Sometimes small amounts of fluoride are added to drinking water supplies to improve dental hygiene.1WHO – http://www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/publications/fluoride_drinking_water/en/

According to The National Science Foundation and the Center for Disease Control, fluoride was found to positively influence human health.2NSF – http://www.nsf.org/newsroom_pdf/NSF_Fact_Sheet_on_Fluoridation.pdf According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the decision to add fluoride to drinking water supplies is left to local municipalities.

The Center for Disease Control says that fluoride is an essential element in maintaining health. Not only does it help prevent tooth decay, it contributes to strengthening your bones, including your teeth!

How much fluoride is in the average American’s drinking water?

In the U.S., about 70% of public water supplies are fluoridated. The EPA set an official maximum standard of 4.0 ppm (mg/L) that drinking water must test below.3EPA – http://water.epa.gov/drink/contaminants/basicinformation/fluoride.cfm The current optimal range of water fluoridation is between 0.7 to 1.2 ppm (mg/L), according to the Center for Disease Control.

The US Department of Health and Human Services recently recommended that this optimal standard be lowered to 0.7 ppm (mg/L) as a result of observations of increasing amounts of fluoride in food that is processed with fluoridated drinking water.

Where else in the world is fluoride used in tapwater?

Some countries have areas with high natural fluoride levels in the water. These include India, China and parts of Africa. As of 2005, Ireland (73%), Australia (61%), Columbia (80%), Spain (10%), the U.K. (11%) and many other countries fluoridate their drinking water.4DOHC – http://www.dohc.ie/publications/pdf/fluoridation_forum.pdf?direct=15BDJ – http://www.nature.com/bdj/journal/v199/n7s/full/4812863a.html

Can I rely on the fluoride in tap water to help protect my teeth?

Probably not.

About 30% of the U.S. population does not receive fluoridated water.6CDC – http://www.cdc.gov/fluoridation/safety/nas.htm Plus, as many Americans use bottled water on a daily basis, the majority of bottled waters do not contain optimal levels of fluoride. And some types of home water treatment systems can actually reduce the fluoride levels in water supplies.

Why use ACT® Fluoride Mouthwash to protect your teeth?

The daily use of a fluoride toothpaste is a vital part of any successful oral care routine. 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 some of the fluoride your toothpaste left behind, greatly diminishing its effectiveness. Using ACT®, which contains the maximum amount of fluoride available without a prescription, is a simple solution to make sure your family gets the fluoride they need.

Keep up with your busy lifestyle by adding a fluoride mouthwash to your daily routine. Use ACT® Fluoride Mouthwash to help keep your teeth cavity-free, so you aren’t stressing about having cavities on your next trip to the dentist.

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