We all know the healthy benefits of drinking water, but did you know that drinking fluoridated water effectively prevents tooth decay? As a matter of fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), water fluoridation is one of the top public health achievements of our time.
What is fluoridated water? Fluoride is a natural chemical substance produced by a living organism, found in water, or added to water at water treatment facilities. When fluoridated water is consumed, the water will strengthen tooth enamel, and will help prevent cavities. Above all, the American Dental Association (ADA) has named fluoride “nature’s cavity fighter”.
Fluoridation of water began in 1945, when the public did not have access to fluoride found in toothpaste and mouthwash, today. Now that fluoridated products exist, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has suggested 0.7 milligrams per liter of drinking water, based on other sources that are providing fluoride to today’s population.
Above all, despite the ongoing debates about whether or not fluoridated water is good for you, below are a few facts about the positive benefits of fluoridated water….
- Helps reduce and prevent tooth decay
- Strengthens the tooth enamel
- Helps save money and prevents dental procedure costs
For more information about community water fluoridation and fluoridation statistics, you can read more about it on this link.