If you were ever subjected to the unsavory fluoride treatments at the dentist as a child, you’re probably one of many who are relieved to be receiving the same dental benefits in a manner that doesn’t assault your taste buds! Now that fluoridated water is circulating through about 75% of public water lines, the population is improving their oral health without even knowing.
Drinking fluoridated water helps prevent tooth decay, dental caries (cavities), and is effective enough to repair minor structural damage in teeth. Intake of fluoride through food and water allows the mineral to become part of our saliva, reaching all crevices in our mouths in order to strengthen teeth and reverse early signs of damage.
Insurance companies have changed drastically through the years, allowing fluoride to be covered twice a year for children and adults. Some insurance have even allowed no cap on fluoride services realizing the benefits patients receive with this service. Fluoride is essential in protecting overall dental health decreasing restorative work, and decreasing insurance payouts on work prevented by fluoride treatments.
Over the past 70 years, studies have shown that there is a 25% increase in dental health – surely a result of fluoride’s addition into drinking water. Impressive numbers such as these have allowed the introduction and implementation of fluoridated water to be praised as one of the top ten public health achievements in the 20th century (CDC).
This topical approach to addressing public dental health has systemic benefits, and is ubiquitous enough to reach all population demographics, regardless of age and income. The prevention of oral diseases will save the community and the healthcare industry money by eliminating healthcare expenses that arise due to poor oral health. While levels of fluoridation may fluctuate between zip codes, millions of Americans are reaping the benefits.
Advize Health Dental Auditor Daniell Bugbee wants you to remember, fluoridated water isn’t enough to maintain healthy teeth. Brushing twice a day, and maintaining a healthy, balanced diet will help you keep your teeth strong enough to last a lifetime.
If you’re interested in learning more about the fluoridation levels in your community, you can visit the Centers for Disease Control and find the link for “My Water’s Fluoride Home”.