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Fluoride

Fluoride is a natural substance that helps protect our teeth by reducing tooth decay and erosion. It exists naturally in air, soil, fresh water, sea water, plants and in lots of food.

Fluoride works to help protect your teeth from decay by:

Fluoride toothpaste is an effective method of reducing dental decay. It's especially useful in Canterbury because most of our water isn't fluoridated.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Page created October 2018.

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Oral health products

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