A Missing Element

Most people would agree that a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss and mouthwash are common staples in a dental care routine. If you're from Utah, perhaps fluoride supplements are another item on the list. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention ranked Utah the 8th least fluoridated state. Fluoride ions are known to absorb into the surface of the teeth, making them more resistant to cavities.The Utah Department of Health recommends fluoride supplements to children in nonfluoridated areas, since it is known that Even throughout adulthood, fluoride (which comes from salts of the chemical element fluorine) is a key component in reversing acidic demineralization of the enamel by 20-40 percent.

Optimum levels of fluoride (whether natural or adjusted) are 0.6 parts per million, or 0.6 milligrams of fluoride, per liter of water. That is only 0.00006 percent! Fluorine being an abundant and low-cost component of the Earth's crust, there should be no inadequately fluoridated U.S. cities remaining. But within Utah, taking population density into account, Davis, Salt Lake and Daggett counties are, on average, the only ones that meet the recommended minimum fluoride levels. In Salt Lake and Davis, over 95 percent of the population is drinking water that satisfies the federal government recommendation.

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Utah county, however, the second largest in terms of population, has water that is only 0.29 parts per million fluoride. This represents a shocking 2.5 percent of Utah County residents getting sufficient tooth decay protection from their water systems. Most of this group/demographic live in Eagle Mountain city, which boasts an exceptional 1.0 parts per million fluoride in its water.

Like Eagle Mountain, your public water source could be a perfectly fluoridated exception, but it might not. Take a look at the fluoride content of specific water supplies in Utah to make sure your dental health is protected.

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