Healthy Teeth Healthy Smiles & the Role Fluoride Plays

Dr. Michael Garvey fought for fluoridated water in the early 1980’s.  Good dental health is necessary for better overall health. Taking proper care of your mouth, teeth and gums is important to preventing tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath.

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Here are some tips for a healthy mouth:

1. Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.

2. Floss daily.

3. Drink fluorinated water to prevent tooth decay.

4. Eat a balanced diet and limit sugary drinks and snacks.

5. Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and oral exams.

Tooth Decay

Tooth decay (cavities) is the single most prevalent childhood disease. Tooth decay affects nearly 60% of children and causes problems that often last long into adulthood – affecting health, education, employment opportunities and well being. Untreated tooth decay can cause pain and infection that can lead to problems with nutrition, growth, school readiness and speech problems. Children in the United States miss hundreds of thousands of school days each year due to toothaches or dental problems. In addition to brushing, flossing and regular checkups, avoiding snacks that contain sugars and starches can help teeth and gums stay healthy. Instead of soda or other sugary drinks, drink fluorinated water. Dental health is an essential part of everyday life. Good dental health enhances our ability to speak, smile, taste, touch, chew, swallow and convey our feelings and emotions through facial expressions.

Fluoride

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that is naturally present in all water sources. Fluoride protects against tooth decay at any age. Water fluoridation is the least expensive method to reduce dental cavities.

Community Water Fluoridation

Community water fluoridation is the controlled adjustment – either increasing or decreasing – and monitoring of fluoride in community drinking water to reach optimal fluoride levels for preventing tooth decay. Community water fluoridation continues to be the safest, most effective and most economical method for preventing dental decay. Studies prove drinking fluorinated water can reduce tooth decay by 20% to 40% in both children and adults. Fluoride is an important mineral for young children. As a child’s teeth begin to form, fluoride strengthens the enamel to make it resistant to tooth decay. Later, after teeth are in the mouth, fluoride helps reverse early signs of decay. This is how children benefit from drinking fluorinated water. In the 1950’s, before water fluoridation was common, most people over the age of 65 had lost their teeth. Now, after decades of widespread fluoridation and increased dental health education, more seniors are keeping most or all of their teeth.

**People of all ages benefit from drinking water that is optimally fluorinated**

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