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When it comes to oral hygiene, regular brushing and flossing is only part of the process.

A toothpaste that contains fluoride is the only proven way to prevent cavities. But dental experts warn that some consumers are swapping fluoride toothpaste for fluoride-free ones.

These consumers may be turning to alternatives available online or in shops marketing “natural” products.

“I’m concerned that individuals choosing these products are missing out on the proven benefits of fluoride for cavity prevention,” Edmond Hewlett, DDS, a professor of restorative dentistry at the University of California Los Angeles School of Dentistry, told Healthline.

“As a healthcare provider, my patients’ health and wellness is of primary importance, and I want them to benefit from the best that dental science has to offer. Fluoride is a shining example.”

What is fluoride?

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that can be found in most water sources like lakes, rivers, and the ocean.

For the past 70 years, fluoride has been added to most public water supplies in the United States. When added to toothpaste and dental products, this mineral helps prevent cavities by strengthening the enamel, or hard surface, of the tooth.

Studies have shown that having fluoride in public water systems has prevented tooth decay in children and adults by at least 25 percent.