Cavities are a common oral health issue among children, teens, and adults. When it comes to maintaining healthy teeth, preventative care is essential to stopping the development of cavities that eventually lead to tooth decay. Fluoride is one form of preventative care to help decrease the chances of people developing cavities. In fact, studies have shown that for 70 years people in the United States have benefited from drinking water with fluoride. The reason why healthcare providers recommend drinking fluoridated water is that it leads to better dental health. Studies have also shown that fluoridated water reduces cavities by 25% in children and adults.
Although most water contains a certain amount of fluoride, it doesn’t contain the amount required to reduce cavities. One cost-effective way for people of all age groups and income levels to have access to fluoridated water is community water fluoridation. This process occurs by modifying the amount of fluoride present in water to accomplish maximum levels of tooth decay prevention. Even though fluoride can be found in toothpaste, mouth rinses, and dietary supplements, community water fluoridation still remains the most cost-effective method for all people to access fluoridated water. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention named community water fluoridation as one of the 20th century’s ten greatest public health achievements.
Fluoride is a mineral that’s naturally produced from the earth and releases from rocks into soil, water, and air. This mineral helps rebuild and strengthen the tooth’s enamel. Drinking fluoridated water also leads to fewer cavities, reduces the need for fillings and teeth removal, and reduces the pain that tooth decay causes.
Over the years, community water fluoridation has helped countless communities save money for both families and healthcare systems. The return of investment varies depending on the size of each community, increasing as each community grows. However, it’s not required that a community must grow in order to receive benefits because studies have proven that even small communities benefit. Although there are plenty of communities that have invested in community water fluoridation, there are still millions of Americans that have yet to gain access. The United States has a projected goal to provide 80% of Americans with access to fluoridated water by 2020.
For the communities that don’t have access to fluoridated water yet, practicing a healthy preventative care regimen will help children and adults avoid serious oral health issues, such as cavities and tooth decay.
At McBride Dental, our main goal is to help our patients maintain healthy gums and teeth by offering preventative dentistry. Our team provides x-rays, deep cleanings, and other dental procedures to help our patients reduce the chances of developing severe oral health issues. We recommend that our patients get dental checkups at our office at least twice a year so that we can diagnose and treat any oral complications. We also advise our patients to brush and floss daily as well as eat a balanced diet to lower the chances of cavities and tooth decay. If you’re interested in preventative dentistry, call 760-471-1003 to schedule an appointment.