Fluoride began to be added to public water supplies in 1945. Since then, water fluoridation has significantly improved dental health. In fact, the CDC has declared fluoridation to be one of the top health achievements of the 20th century. Today, nearly three out of four communities fluoridate water, and the benefits exist even when other fluoride applications are available and used.
Our Houston dentist may recommend fluoride treatments for children and for patients who are prone to tooth decay or dental sensitivity. Fluoride works to decrease cavities two different ways. First, the fluoride interferes with bacterial processes, which decreases the volume of their acidic byproducts. Second, the fluoride hardens and helps remineralize teeth. Fluoride can be beneficial when taken internally, such as through the water supplies, and when applied externally. Choosing tap water instead of bottled water can be one great way to increase your intake, but we may also recommend supplemental fluoride for those whose water is not fluoridated or those who are at higher risk.
Although communities often add fluoride to their water supplies, it is a naturally occurring mineral. Fluoride is simply added to water supplies to bring the level to the concentration that is recommended by the public health service. Fluoride has consistently been shown to be safe and effective and can protect both children and adults. The benefits far outweigh the costs. In fact, a lifetime of fluoride for one person costs less than a single dental filling, and the risk of cavities in communities with fluoridated water is reduced by 20 to 40 percent. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule your consultation.
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