We all know that brushing and flossing are important for dental health, but did you know the simple act of drinking a glass of water can also help to keep your teeth safe?
During this year’s National Children’s Dental Health Month, we want to celebrate fluoridation, one of the most valuable public health measures in the country!
There are many pieces in the puzzle of good oral health. Brushing and flossing are two, and regular dental checkups are another. Heroes Dental can help you and your family’s smile stay healthy and bright!
What is National Children’s Dental Health Month?
National Children’s Dental Health Month is a month-long national health observance organized by the American Dental Association. Thousands of health care providers, educators, and dedicated professionals join together to promote the benefits of good oral health to children, their caregivers, teachers, and others. The ADA provides activity sheets for kids, publicity resources, and other resources to those that want to be involved.
This year, the National Children’s Dental Health Month carries a special meaning. The year 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of water fluoridation in American communities. Community water fluoridation is one of the top 10 public health achievements of the 20th century, according to the ADA. Drinking fluoridated tap water ensures proper hydration and helps prevent cavities. This is an important part of a complete system of dental health which itself is important for your overall health and disease prevention.
How Fluoride Benefits Your Smile
According to the ADA, community water fluoridation is the “single most effective public health measure to prevent tooth decay.” More than 70 years’ worth of scientific research has shown that water fluoridation is a safe and cost-effective way to stave off tooth decay. Fluoride already naturally occurs in all water, but by adjusting it to “optimal levels,” fluoride can make a big difference in your dental health. In fact, the CDC said water fluoridation is nearly as great an achievement as vaccination and infectious disease control.
Water fluoridation reduces tooth decay in both children and adults by 25%. Fluoridated water can even reverse tooth decay over time! This can save you tons of money in the long run by preventing costly dental problems. Fluoridation is accessible to anyone who lives in a community that provides it, and it’s cost saving in the long run, even for small communities.
Tooth decay is caused by the sugary foods and drinks we intake. The sugar is converted into acid by the bacteria found in plaque, a sticky, thin, colorless deposit on teeth. The acid then attacks the tooth enamel or root surface and wears them down. If the decay eats far enough into your tooth it can become infected. That infection can spread to the tissue around your teeth and even lead to strokes.
While water fluoridation alone won’t prevent all tooth decay, it is a key part of a complete decay prevention strategy. To help combat tooth decay, partner water fluoridation with a low-sugar diet, fluoride toothpaste, and regular dental habits.