Childhood Fluoride Benefits Continue To AdulthoodThursday, August 26th, 2010, 3:54 pm
Many communities add fluoride to municipal water supplies to help prevent tooth decay. An article in the American Journal of Public Health reports a strong link between the fluoride levels in the area where you are born with the amount of tooth loss as an adult.
Children who grow up drinking water that has added fluoride have healthier mouths as adults.
According to Mathew Neidell, a health policy professor at Columbia University, “Your fluoridation exposure at birth is affecting your tooth loss in your 40′s and 50′s, regardless of what your fluoridation exposure was like when you were 20 and 30 years old.”
Fluoride improves the enamel on teeth, helps strengthen teeth damaged by decay and breaks down bacteria on teeth. Approximately 75% of public water systems add fluoride. No amount of fluoride will protect teeth without proper home care. Regular brushing, flossing and dental checkups are needed to keep teeth in optimal health.
Remember that preventative care is much less expensive than restoring teeth that have been damaged by decay. If you have not scheduled your dental checkup please call my Toccoa, Georgia office today at 706-886-9439. If fear or anxiety is the reason you have been avoiding treatment please let us know – you have several options that allow you to get the dental care you need without fear or discomfort. Ask about Sedation Dentistry options when you call.