Fluoride is a natural substance that helps protect our teeth by making them stronger and reducing tooth decay.
You can get fluoride by brushing with a fluoride toothpaste and drinking fluoridated water.
However, New Zealand's water supplies have low levels of natural fluoride. Around 50 percent of New Zealanders drink water that has extra fluoride added to it. More information is available on the Fluoride Facts website
Community Water Fluoridation
Available from the Ministry of Health
Available from HealthEd
It’s Easy to Protect Your Family’s Smile
Available from HealthEd in multiple languages
Find out more from the Ministry
- Fluoridation - What is fluoride, where does it come from, why water fluoridation is a safe, effective and affordable way to prevent and reduce tooth decay.