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Fluoride is a chemical compound with a lot of different applications in many different areas. One of the most well-known applications of fluoride is the use of topical prevention of cavities. Because it is so effective reducing cavities and tooth decay, city water is often treated with it, and nearly every single dental health product on the market has some fluoride added to it. I remember when I was in elementary school, every single student would go down to the cafeteria on Friday mornings to receive a small cup of fluoride treated mouthwash, which we would all dutifully swish, gargle, and spit, before trooping back to our classes for our regular Friday routines. I don't know if schools still do anything like that, but I do know that dentists advice people use Fluoride treated toothpaste and mouthwash to reduce the likelihood of cavities and decay.

It is not without its controversy. Some people protest having anything added to their water, including a harmless product designed to help people's teeth. Mainly because they are not convinced on either point. Some say that Fluoride is dangerous if consumed in great quantities, and others argue that the chemical might not actually help people keep their mouths healthy. More research needs to be done on both points, but given the sheer number of people who consume this chemical on a regular basis—either from the water or from other cleaning and treatment supplies, you'd expect something to happen if it were going to happen.

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