How Added Fluoride in Water Helps Prevent Cavities
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) for over seventy years people in the United States have been drinking water with fluoride. The estimate is that approximately 200 million people drink water with concentrations of .8 to 1.2 mg of added fluoride. This has led to a 25% reduction in tooth decay for adults and children. Community water fluoridation has also saved money for families and the health care system as there aren’t as many cases of tooth decay.
Community water fluoridation is an effective method for delivering fluoride to people of all ages, educations or incomes. Public health, medical and dental organizations recommend community water fluoridation. This includes the American Dental Association and your dentist in Cambridge. The CDC named community water fluoridation as one of the ten great public health achievements of the 20th century.
State, federal and local regulations maintain the safety of community drinking water. The main federal law that keeps our drinking water safe is ‘The Safe Drinking Water Act.’ The Environment Protection Agency determines the standards for fluoride.
Water treated with fluoride provides many benefits. For small children, fluoride strengthens permanent teeth that are developing. For adults, the fluoride supports tooth enamel which keeps teeth strong and healthy and decreases the risk of cavities at the root surface. The benefits of fluoride in water include;
- Less cavities.
- Fewer severe cavities.
- A lessened need for fillings and removing teeth.
- Less pain and suffering because of tooth decay.
Community water fluoridation is cost effective. The estimated return on investment for small communities of 5,000 people or less to have fluoride added to their water source is around $4.00. For communities of 200,000 or more, the amount is around $27.00.
Put Down the Soda!
Put down the soda and drink some water! Drinking water has many benefits for your dental health and your physical well-being. At Fresh Pond Dental we are here for all of your dental needs.