Celebrating Fluoridated Water

Published on February 24th, 2020

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, a time that the dentistry community uses to focus on dental health topics that affect kids. The American Dental Association declared this month’s theme public water fluoridation—and what a great topic! Today we’ll be discussing the revolutionary effect this policy has had on Americans everywhere.

75 Years of Fluoridation

Grand Rapids, Michigan became the first community in America to start fluoridating its public water supply in January 1945. Six years later, the U.S. Public Health Service designated water fluoridation as an official policy. Today, most American communities fluoridate their water, providing a distinct oral health advantage for citizens of all ages.

Fluoride & Tooth Decay

The American Dental Association finds that fluoridation reduces tooth decay in children and adults alike by 25%. The impact this figure has on public health is staggering, with many Americans retaining more of their natural teeth and spending less on dental fillings. It’s worth noting that those who opt for bottled water may miss out on these benefits, as it’s not required that fluoride content be included in the bottle’s contents or disclosed on the label. We suggest reaching for the tap instead, as well as filtering public water before you drink it for best results!

Endorsements of the Practice

Though fluoridation has not gone without criticism, the overwhelming majority of public health experts support the practice. As a matter of fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention included water fluoridation on its list of the 20th century’s greatest public health achievements. Approval also comes from the World Health Organization and the American Medical Association.

Water fluoridation does a lot for us, but it will never replace the need for regular check-ups with your dentist. If you’re seeking dental services in Lakeview, call our office to make an appointment today!

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