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Fluorides In the past, cavities used to be the usual and frequent cause of a toothache or the loss of a tooth. Now cavities are the dreaded holes in your mouth that are frightening and alarming to have. However, over the past few decades, tooth decay has been reduced dramatically. The key reason is fluoride. Despite an almost exponential increase in dental power and research information, the use of fluorides in dentistry is probably the …

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…dentist or with the use of a dentifrice, such as toothpaste and mouthwash. America has come a long way in fighting the battle against tooth decay. Tooth decay has been decreased greatly resulting in the average child having decay on a total of three tooth surfaces, as opposed to ten surfaces in earlier years. Therefore, despite some negative effects due to excessive consumption or misuse, fluoride continues to be the major prevention of tooth decay.