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No fluoride in your drinking water?
Here are some ways to keep your teeth healthy:
Tooth decay is a disease which affects both children and adults, and can cause considerable pain and suffering.Tooth decay occurs when bacteria in your mouth use sugars you eat and drink to make acid, which attacks the surface of your tooth.
Fluoride in toothpaste and drinking water, is like a constant ‘repair kit’ that helps protect teeth against tooth decay. If your drinking water doesn’t have fluoride in it, there are still ways you can protect your teeth against decay.
Some general information is given below. This should not replace the advice from your dentist.
Clean teeth and along the gum line at least twice a day
Help your child to brush their teeth until you are sure they can do it well by themselves. This is usually around 7 years of age.
Babies 0 to 18 months
Children 18 months to 6 years of age
Children 6 years and over, adults and older adults
Ask your dentist if you should:
Drink plenty of water every day
Make infant formula using fluoridated or non-fluoridated water
Have regular dental check-ups
Find your nearest dental clinic
Avoid fluoride drops and tablets
These tips are based on theUse of fluorides in Australia: Guidelines,Key oral health messages for Australian public (2011)and theAustralian Dietary Guidelines (2013)
More information about water fluoridation can be found at:Department of Health - Water fluoridation
Last updated: 2014-10-07