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7 Delicious Foods That Contain Fluoride
Wednesday, July 8, 2020

You probably think of going to the dentist when you hear the word fluoride, right? Or maybe you know that it's typically added to the municipal water we all drink, which has improved everyone's dental health!

But, did you know that there are many foods that contain fluoride naturally?

Keep reading to learn about seven delicious foods that can help your dental health because of their fluoride content.

Foods That Contain Fluoride

If your dentist tells you to boost your fluoride intake, consider adding the following foods to your diet. You'll be surprised how healthy they are for your teeth.

1. Grapes, Raisins, and Wine

Grapes in all their forms contain fluoride. Yet another reason to enjoy a glass of wine! Raisins have the most concentrated fluoride of these grape-related foods, but they also have more sugar. Grapes are great for health and fluoride!

2. Potatoes

Baked potatoes are a good source for fluoride! Russet potatoes, in particular, have high amounts of the mineral. Any type of potato, prepared any way, will have some fluoride, but french fries don't have as much. They also aren't as healthy, of course!

But, however you prepare your spuds, know that they have some fluoride.

3. Crab

Not only are crab legs a fancy seafood treat, but they also have high levels of natural fluoride! The blue crab is especially good for getting your fluoride.

4. Shrimp

Shrimp, along with many kinds of shellfish, is a great source of fluoride. Bring on the shrimp cocktail (and maybe a real one, too!)

5. Black Tea

Making black tea with tap water actually gives you fluoride from two sources: the water and the tea. The black tea leaves have the mineral themselves, and if you make it with tap water, that will only add the level of fluoride you are drinking.

6. Coffee

Don't worry, coffee has fluoride, too. In the same way as tea, preparing it with standard tap water will you get a double dose.

7. Raw Fruit

Most raw fruit has fluoride! This includes apples, bananas, avocados, cherries, peaches, strawberries, watermelons, and many others. Not only is fresh fruit delicious, but it can also help your teeth.

How Much Fluoride Do You Need?

Dental experts agree that fluoride really helps prevent decay and cavities, but how much do we really need? Is there such a thing as too much fluoride?

The short answer is yes, you can consume too much.

The good news is that fluoride in the above foods is typically measured in micrograms, and the risk of overexposure is pretty low. Children need about 500 micrograms (or 0.5 milligrams) and adults need about 3,000-4,000 micrograms (3-4 milligrams) a day.

There are legal limits to the amount of fluoride in tap water, but if you are at all concerned about how much you are consuming, it's a good idea to measure it! There are products available to help you do just that.

Take Care of Your Teeth

Take good care of your teeth by paying attention to how many foods that contain fluoride you are eating, how much fluoride is in your water, and by taking the initiative to monitor your water quality.

Contact us for more information about fluoride and other water quality issues!

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