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Why Is Fluoride Found In Our Drinking Water?

Posted on 5/9/2022 by Watermark Dentistry
Why Is Fluoride Found In Our Drinking Water?If you are drinking tap water, it is likely that it is fluoridated. You may not realize it, but it is much more likely. The government and stakeholders in the health sector realize the importance of having enough fluorine in the body. Not only is it important for oral health, but also overall health. It plays a role in strengthening bones and teeth. But why do we have this mineral in our drinking water?

Sufficient Research for Water Fluoridation

The aspect of having water fluoridation isn't something new. In fact, there has been a lot of research on fluorine and the effects it has on dental caries, and the research can be dated as early as 1901. Following the studies for water fluoridation, the process of water fluoridation began officially in Grand Rapids in 1945. Although you are able to find fluoride in a majority of counties and states in the United States today, you should realize that it was not an overnight thing when the idea was initially proposed. That being said, the CDC says that fluoridated water helped reduce tooth decay in children and adults by 25 percent since it was introduced to the public.

Oral Health Benefits

Fluoridate water prevents decay or cavities in kids and adults. And fewer cavities among kids and adults means fewer visits to dental offices for fillings and tooth extractions. It also means fewer visits to get root canals. Although fluoridated water isn't a federal regulation, the states and local communities can make the decision. Most people are comfortable drinking fluoridated water because they perhaps don't get enough of this mineral from the foods they eat. When combined with fluoridated toothpaste as well as mouthwash, a majority of dentists agree that it is the easiest way of fighting decay and cavities.

While some experts argue that too much fluoride is harmful to the health of people, the amount of this mineral present in water may not be large enough to cause any harm to your teeth. Talk to us if you have concerns over fluoridated water or the use of fluorine. Contact our dental office today.

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