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Fluoride, it’s for Life

Bottle of Water Pouring into GlassIf your goal is healthy teeth for life, then you need fluoride. It ensures newly formed teeth are strong; prevents plaque, caries, and gum disease; and protects roots that get exposed as gums recede over time.

This essential mineral is present in what we eat and drink, but a healthy diet doesn’t supply enough for a gleaming smile. Instead, it’s important to apply it topically and drink fluoride-rich water. In toothpaste, it boosts the cavity resistance of existing teeth. Systemic fluoride, in water, creates healthy tooth structure and supplies fluoride for the saliva.

Are You Sure There’s Fluoride In Your Water?

Bottled water intake is skyrocketing. That’d be great news health-wise, except most bottled water falls far short of the optimal 0.7 parts per million. And bottlers aren’t required to provide content information on their labels—unless they add it.

Well over one-third of American households also now use a water treatment device. But most consumers are unaware that treatment may reduce fluoride content: Steam distillation eliminates it, and reverse osmosis removes 65–95% of the mineral. More benign are charcoal-carbon filters, and water softening systems, which generally do not have an effect.

If bottled or treated water is your primary source, ask the bottler or manufacturer for fluoride content information. If it’s less than optimal, ask us about a supplement.

About Frank P. Scavuzzo, DDS

Home » Meet Us Meet Us Header - Meet Us Meet your local Highlands Ranch dentist. Frank P. Scavuzzo, DDS Dr. Scavuzzo has worked and trained extensively to build a practice that exceeds your expectations of trusted, personalized dental care. He consistently brings his patients only the best that modern dentistry has to offer, by keeping himself and his team informed on the latest advances and available techniques. After attending the University of Denver, Dr. Scavuzzo earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine, where he graduated in 1987. Since then, he has kept up-to-date on the newest developments in his field through numerous continuing education courses in improving smiles, creating youthful smiles, and treating jaw, facial and joint pain. He also remains active in the dental community as a member of the American Dental Association, Colorado Dental Association and the Metro Denver Dental Society. Dr. Scavuzzo’s top priorities are patient comfort and satisfaction. Dr. Scavuzzo and his team look forward to your visit and to showing you the many ways in which personalized dental care can improve your life.

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