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Compounds containing fluoride are used for the prevention of tooth decay. Most commonly found in toothpaste and mouthwash, it is also added to the public drinking water in the US.

Fluoridation develops low concentrations of fluoride ions in saliva and helps the formation of fluorapatite that remineralizes teeth enamel. Adding calcium to fluoride treatments helps reduce cavities even more,