Fluoride in Drinking Water Reduces Risks of Tooth DecayThursday, March 14th, 2013, 9:51 pm
Adults who consume fluoride in their drinking water have reduced risk for tooth decay according to a recent study. Fluoride has long been added to drinking water to strengthen tooth enamel so why is this study news?
This is the first study to show that fluoride in drinking water prevents tooth decay in adults – even if they had not received fluoridated drinking water as children. Dr. Gary Slade,of the University of North Carolina, explains “It was once thought that fluoridated drinking water only benefited children who consumed it from birth. Now we show that fluoridated water reduces tooth decay in adults, even if they start drinking it after childhood. In public health terms, it means more people benefit from water fluoridation than previously thought.”
The study was conducted by the University of North Carolina and the University of Adelaide, Australia. They analyzed data from Australian adults including levels of decay and where the participants lived and whether those communities has fluoridated water. The results showed that adults who spent more than 75% of their life living in areas with fluoridated water had up to 30% less tooth decay than adults who had lived with fluoride in their water for less than 25% of their lives.
Prevention is very important in dentistry and is a key component in our practice philosophy here at Wilbanks Smile Center. Regular dental cleanings, daily brushing and flossing are all part of keeping a healthy smile. Please contact our Toccoa office today at 706-886-9439 to schedule your next appointment.