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We all have teeth – and we all want to keep them for life! The purpose of Preventive Dentistry is to help each of us keep our teeth and gums healthy today and every day.

There have been great strides made in preventing the incidence of dental disease. One of the most successful efforts, spanning the last 65 years, is the fluoridation of community water supplies. Although drinking fluoridated water reduces dental decay by 15 to 40 percent1 that alone is still not enough to prevent dental disease.

The two primary causes of tooth loss, decay and gum disease, are generally caused by bacteria in the mo
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