Why Is There Fluoride in Drinking Water?
September 28, 2022
You probably already know that fluoride is often added to community water sources in the United States and many other countries as a way to improve the dental health of the population. There are people out there who view this negatively, but the truth is that it’s keeping you from having costly dental issues. Continue reading to learn more about fluoride in drinking water and how it’s benefitting you.
What Is Fluoride?
Fluoride is a natural mineral that’s present in your bones and teeth, but it is also found naturally in rocks and is then released into the soil, water, and air. It is mainly used in dentistry to strengthen the protective enamel of the teeth. You can find it in over-the-counter products, like toothpaste, mouthwash, and supplements. Fluoride treatments are also done at the dental office to strengthen teeth even more.
How Does Fluoridated Drinking Water Benefit Communities?
You have probably heard others voicing their concerns about fluoride in water. However, there are many different benefits of this practice. Here are just a few of them:
- Prevents tooth decay: Adding small amounts of fluoride to water is the most effective way to prevent the most common chronic childhood disease: tooth decay. It is so effective that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) named it one of ten great public health achievements of the 20th century. Studies have shown that fluoride in drinking water prevents at least 25% of tooth decay in both children and adults.
- Safe: For the past 70 years, scientific evidence has indicated that adding fluoride to community water supplies is safe and effective. It has even been endorsed by many U.S. Surgeon Generals, the World Health Organization (WHO), the American Academy of Pediatrics, and many more organizations.
- Saves money: It is much cheaper to have fluoridated water than to deal with the costs of fillings and other dental treatments. $1 invested in fluoridating water saves $38 in dental treatment costs.
- Natural: Fluoride is naturally found in both groundwater and ocean water. Water fluoridation is simply adjusting the amount of fluoride so that it reaches the level needed to be effective at preventing tooth decay. It’s similar to fortifying foods with vitamins and minerals that benefit members of the community.
Fluoride in drinking water shouldn’t be looked at in a negative light. It helps the entire community maintain healthy smiles!
About the Author
Dr. Frank Marchese is an experienced dentist who has been working in the field for thirty years. He earned his dental doctorate from the University of Illinois College of Dentistry. He annually attends many conferences, meetings, and seminars in advanced dental training. Currently, he is a proud member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, American Dental Association, Illinois State Dental Society, and the Chicago Dental Society. For more information or to schedule an appointment at his office in Lisle, visit his website or call (630) 969-2310.
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