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Fluoride: Just the Facts!
by Staff
After surviving the picking and inspecting and cleaning, feeling the pressure of the pasty fluoride rounding the teeth was the moment you could start to breathe again. It is one of the dental treatments that promises to do a lot for our teeth with little or no pain involved, and it takes only a few minutes. How can something so gentle and painless help our hard teeth? Test your knowledge of fluoride fact or fiction, next.

Fluoride treatments for adults are less effective than for children.

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People with really bad oral hygiene won't benefit much from professional fluoride treatments.

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Professional fluoride treatments should only be given once a year because of their high concentrations.

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Fluorine is a thick paste made from fluoride.

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Fluoride is a vitamin.

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Fluoride treatments can help keep gums healthy.

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It isn't a good idea to eat or drink for three hours after an in-office fluoride treatment.

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Fluoride was first added to drinking water in 1965.

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The first U.S. city to add fluoride to its water was Grand Rapids, Mich.

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Fluoride can remineralize teeth.

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Fluoride can be delivered to the body either topically or systemically.

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Getting an in-office fluoride treatment will make your teeth look and feel instantly smoother and shinier.

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Over-the-counter fluoride products are similar in strength to professional ones.

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Individuals with exposed roots or receding gums should not get professional fluoride treatments.

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Children in low-income households tend to have a greater need for fluoride treatments.

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Fluoride and sealants are the same thing.

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There is no fluoride in water naturally; it has to be added.

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Chewing gum can deliver fluoride.

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Fluoride treatments are a good substitute for brushing and flossing.

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Some banana splits can be good for your teeth.

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