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Fluoridation FAQs

There is a lot of misinformation in the media about fluoride. Here are science-based answers to questions you may have.

  • What is fluoride?
  • How does fluoride protect teeth?
  • What is water fluoridation?
  • Why would communities want to fluoridate tap water?
  • Is water fluoridation safe? How effective is it in preventing cavities?
  • Is Fluoride, as provided by community water fluoridation, a toxic substance?
  • What is dental enamel fluorosis?
  • If fluorosis occurs when teeth are developing, is it okay to use fluoridated water to reconstitute infant formula?
  • What can I do to decrease the chances that my child's teeth will develop fluorosis?
  • How can I get the benefits of fluoride and minimize the risk of fluorosis for my child?
  • What are the benefits of fluoridated water?
  • What are the benefits of fluoride toothpaste?
  • Should children use fluoride toothpaste?
  • What are the benefits of fluoride mouthrinse?
  • What are the benefits of dietary fluoride supplements?
  • Where can I find more information about fluoride?