Fluoride facts spark community dental health. And those facts become vital in the last days of June and the beginning of July. Truly, the summer heat came early this year. The sun dries both plants and animals. So, keeping children hydrated has never been more important.
At Dentistry for Children, we often ask parents what they give their thirsty kids in the hot summertime. That brings us to a very important question. Do you know the name of the best summer drink for kids or adults?
Is it fruit juice, sugary sports drink, or fluoridated water? The answer is fluoridated water. And if you are giving your children bottled water, watch out. Most bottled water is missing an important ingredient for dental health… Fluoride!
Number One: Fluoride Sparks Community dental Health
The proper amount of fluoride in community water prevents tooth decay. According to the ADA, “An estimated 51 million school hours and 164 million work hours are lost each year due to dental-related illness.”
Additionally, the CDC christened community water fluoridation as one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century.
A misleading myth about Fluoride is that it is unnatural. Nothing could be further from the truth. So, read on to discover why.
Fact Number Two: Nature’s Dental Decay Preventative
Did you know we find Fluoride in groundwater and in our oceans? When communities add it to their water supply, they are simply fortifying water with Fluoride and controlling the amount of fluoride in it. Experts say, “It’s similar to fortifying other foods and beverages…” It’s “like fortifying salt with iodine…”
We do not think twice about fortifying milk with vitamin D. Do you question the label on orange juice if it says “fortified with calcium?” If it were not for Internet myths about Fluoride, we would easily accept it just like we accept the vitamin D we add to milk.
The Third of Fast Fluoride Facts: Protection for Young and Old
Let’s check out the way Fluoride works to protect your child’s teeth.
- On the one hand, before teeth even erupt from your child’s gums, fluoride strengthens the hard surface of tooth enamel. Thus, it makes teeth more resistant to tooth decay (caries.) People of all ages get the benefits of Fluoride from foods, beverages, and dietary supplements. This is a systemic benefit. By systemic, we mean ingestion introduces Fluoride into your entire system.
- On the other hand, after teeth erupt, fluoride rebuilds weakened tooth enamel. Likewise, it can actually reverse “early signs of tooth decay” in your child’s teeth—and your own. That is why you use toothpaste that contains fluoride. “When you brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste or other fluoride dental products, the fluoride is applied to the surface of your teeth. This provides what is called a “topical” benefit.”
Fact Number Four: Empowerment against Decay for Your Child and Your Community
Now, here is the amazing power of fluoride. The “fluoride you ingest continues to provide a topical benefit.” Why? “Because it becomes part of your saliva.”
Thus, if you think about it, you are constantly treating your teeth to tiny but powerful fluoride baths. The simple act of drinking fluoridated tap water continuously rebuilds weakened tooth enamel. And, it does so systemically and topically.
A Few More Fluoride Facts for You
Astonishingly, research has shown that fluoride “in community water systems prevents at least 25 percent of tooth decay in children and adults… And it does this “even in an era with a widespread availability of fluoride from other sources.”
However, we are not suggesting that you should abandon your fluoride toothpaste. We want you to empower super protection for your child’s teeth with both fluoridated water and fluoride toothpaste.
Our Endorsement of Fluoride—We’re in Good Company
It might be difficult to believe. But our brightest scientific minds have been endorsing Fluoride for 70 years. We know that “the best available scientific evidence consistently indicates that community water fluoridation is safe and effective.”
So, you can add our name to more than 100 health organizations that recognize the dental benefits of water fluoridation.
We do not mind name-dropping these prestigious organizations.
- The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.)
- The American Medical Association.
- World Health Organization.
- The American Dental Association.
- And the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Communities Gain Both Health and Economic Advantages with Fluoride
We know everyone is watching their budgets, so we looked up the dental healthcare savings involved with drinking fluoridated water.
You see, parents spend less than the cost of one filling on the fluoridation of your water supply. That’s right. “The average lifetime cost per person to fluoridate a water supply is less than the cost of one dental filling. For most cities, every $1 invested in water fluoridation saves $38 in dental treatment costs.” ADA Applauds HHS Final Recommendation on Optimal Fluoride Level in Drinking Water.
Terrific Take-Aways: Sparking Dental Health
We encourage citizens who live in non-fluoridated communities to “educate their state and local officials about the need to fluoridate.”
Additionally, talk to your pediatric dentist about ensuring your child is receiving Fluoride in other methods. Your child might need supplements or topical applications to help strengthen their enamel.
Keep in mind that before water fluoridation, children had three times as many cavities as they experience now. That means fluoride not only saves a lot of dollars but also saves a lot of little mouths from unnecessary pain.