The fluoridation of water has been shown to prevent tooth decay by at least 25% in both children and adults. The CDC has hailed the advent of treating community water with fluoride as one of the ten great health achievements of the 20th century. But what exactly does that mean?
Fluoride is a naturally occurring substance in nature. When applied to teeth, it can replace minerals lost from the acid produced by plaque. It even further hinders the ability for plaque to produce teeth decaying acid.
Most of Pennsylvania residents hooked up to a public water supply will receive water that is treated with fluoride. Drinking and cooking with this water is often enough for children and adults to get the recommended amount of fluoride to strengthen their teeth. However, some communities are beginning to stop treating their water with fluoride due to the associated costs. Home water filters may also remove fluoride from water. Houses that get water from wells will not have the recommended levels of fluoride needed to receive the benefits.
If you don’t drink fluoridated water often, you may want to ask your dentist about fluoride supplements. Children benefit especially from fluoride during the early development of their teeth. If you or your child don’t drink from the tap often, make sure that you are using toothpaste with fluoride. Ask us to take a look and see if you could benefit from supplements.
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