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Thursday, May 23, 2013
Dental and Oral Health Center
Flouride and Adults
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?
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.
James H Houston, DDS
Instructor of Community Dentistry
School of Dental Medicine
Case Western Reserve University