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Since fluoride was linked to healthy teeth, it has been added to many municipal water supplies across the country. For children, fluoride helps to strengthen developing teeth and bones. In adults, fluoride consumed through tap water helps to fortify their tooth enamel against attacks from plaque and acids.

In addition to municipal water supplies, people can supplement their fluoride levels through using a toothpaste containing fluoride and through mouthwashes and rinses available in most retail outlets.

Some people may be concerned about fluorosis in children. Fluorosis occurs when children have too much fluoride which causes their teeth to be streaked or spotted when they erupt. While this condition is not reversible, it is a purely cosmetic problem and can be easily remedied at the dentist’s office.

Your dentist, Dr. Frederick Prehn will be able to evaluate your teeth and make a recommendation about your fluoride needs. Chances are good that if you and your family use a fluoride toothpaste, and the local water supply contains fluoride, you are getting enough. If it is necessary, he may prescribe an in-office fluoride treatment or a supplement in the form of a pill or a rinse. The doctor may suggest that you use to drink more tap water or change your brand of toothpaste or mouthwash.  

If you are concerned about your levels of fluoride, you have another dental issue, or if it is just time for your regular cleaning and exam you can call Prehn Dental Offices in Wausau, Wisconsin, at 715-842-1270 to schedule an appointment.