Fluoride plays an integral part in keeping your smile healthy. You get it from your toothpaste, but there are a number of alternative ways to get it and keep your teeth healthy. The government has been putting fluoride in our public water supplies for over seventy years now, which has helped strengthen the enamel and lower the risk of tooth decay for everyone in communities all across the country. Still, some people are hesitant to embrace fluoridated water. Here’s how you can increase your fluoride in-take!
Water already has a varying amount of fluoride in it naturally, but the level with which it occurs can be inconsistent. When a community fluoridates its water, it’s adjusting the amount of fluoride to the recommended level for preventing tooth decay, which the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says should be 0.7 milligrams per liter. 0.7 milligrams of a liter is comparable to one cent in $14,000. It’s an extremely miniscule amount!
A 3.5-fluid ounce serving of black tea usually contains around 0.25 to 0.39 milligrams of fluoride. This fluoride comes from the high concentration of the mineral that is contained in the tea leaves. Preparing the tea with tap water would further increase the amount of fluoride per serving. Be sure not to add sugar to your tea, which can completely undermine the fluoride you’re taking in.
A large russet potato can contain approximately 0.14 milligrams of fluoride. White potatoes like russets can be a part of a healthy and balanced diet as long as you eat them in moderation.
Our dentists can provide you with dentistry treatments to give you a smile that is both healthy and attractive. Contact us at our local Austin, TX office at 512-250-9444.