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Flouride and Adults

07/26/2006

Question:

I keep hearing about how kids who drink mostly bottled water are having a higher rate of cavities because that water doesn`t have flouride. Is this also true for adults? Is it important for adults to drink flouridated water? Is there a point where the teeth no longer absorbe flouride?

Answer:

It is not true that adults wll develop cavities if they are drinking non-flouridated water.   The exception may be a high sugar diet.   

Flouridated water for adullts will help to reminerilize teeth that have small gum line carious lesions.  As long as the teeth are vital, theywill absorb fluoride.                                    

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Response by:

James H Houston, DDS James H Houston, DDS
Instructor of Community Dentistry
School of Dental Medicine
Case Western Reserve University