Grand Rapids, MI was the first city in the world to adjust the level of fluoride in its water supply, and that was nearly 70 years ago. Since then fluoridation has improved the oral health of tens of millions of Americans. Community water fluoridation is the single most effective public health measure to prevent tooth decay. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention says community water fluoridation is one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century. That’s impressive.
Studies conducted consistently show that fluoridation of community water supplies is safe and effective in preventing dental decay in both children and adults. Even with other sources of fluoride, such as fluoride toothpaste, water fluoridation continues to be effective in reducing tooth decay by 20% – 40%. The American Dental Association endorses fluoridation of community water supplies as safe and effective for preventing tooth decay.
At Haring Dental Group we agree that community water fluoridation is by far the most effective and cost efficient way to receive fluoride and reduce cavities. Children can use over-the-counter toothpaste or mouth rinse containing a low strength of fluoride. At our office we offer children fluoride treatments in the form of a rinse, gel or varnish which contains higher strength of fluoride. For those who live in communities with non or low fluoridated areas, fluoride supplements in liquid or tablets are available. If your family drinks only bottled water, you may need to explore other fluoridation treatments.
If you have any questions about fluoride treatments and their benefits, please ask us at your next visit. We want to be sure you have all the answers to make decisions that are right for your family.