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The Australian Dental Association's most frequently asked questions about water fluoridation.  Excellent information derived through thorough scientific research on Flouride FAQs can be found on the Australian Dental Association's website.

Excellent information derived through thorough scientific research on Flouride FAQs can be found on the Australian Dental Association's website.

Some of the questions and answers:

"What is fluoride?

Fluoride is the ion that comes from the naturally occurring element, fluorine. Fluorine is never encountered in its free state in nature because it combines with other elements as fluoride compounds in the earth. Water dissolves these compounds, creating fluoride ions. Fluoride is present in all water sources, including the oceans.

What is water Fluoridation?

All water supplies have some natural fluoride in them and the water fluoridation process just involves adding or removing fluoride to the level that protects dental health. It does not involve adding anything to the water that is not already there. There is no chemical difference between fluoride present naturally and that which is added to the water supply.

What are the benefits of water fluoridation?

Drinking fluoridated water increases the resistance of teeth to decay, resulting in fewer cavities. This means fewer fillings, fewer extractions, fewer visits to the dentist and lower dental bills - resulting in better smiles, fewer dentures and less pain and suffering. Fluoridation will help to reduce the number of school or working hours or days that are lost due to dental problems or visits to the dentist."

Please take the time to read more questions and answers from the Australian Dental Association's website.