Water Fluoridation Good For Adults and Kids

Friday, December 13th, 2013, 6:58 pm

Fluoride has been added to water systems for many years. Originally it was thought that the fluoride would benefit children and that it would take many years to see the benefits of reduced tooth decay. New research has shown that water fluoridation is good for adults and kids.

A team from the University of North Carolina and the University of Adelaide in Australia studied the effects of water fluoridation in Australian adults. Australia only started fluoridating their water in recent years. The study concluded that the cavity prevention effects of water fluoridation were as great in adults born before widespread fluoridation as for those after. So even if you didn’t grow up in an area with fluoride in your water, if you move somewhere where the water is fluoridated as an adult you will still see benefits.

The study showed that adults who spent more than 75% of their lifetime living in a community with water fluoridation had significantly less decay than those who had lived in one for less than 25% of their lifetime. Preventing tooth decay for both adults and children is something dentists work toward every day — especially when we remind you to brush and floss!

Both adults and kids still get cavities — just fewer than we used to see. The good news is that modern filling materials are better for your teeth, last longer and are basically invisible because they are tooth colored. The old fashioned mercury amalgam fillings would expand and contract in response to heat and cold which could lead to cracked teeth and leaky fillings. Modern composites actually make the structure of the tooth stronger when they are placed.

Wilbanks Smile Center has installed special filtration systems to protect our staff and our environment from the toxic waste when old mercury fillings are removed. We are committed to providing the highest standard of care for our patients and our beautiful home in the North Georgia mountains.

Contact Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today to schedule your next visit. We can be reached at 706-886-9439 and are waiting to take your call.

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