Grand Rapids: The Pioneer in Water Fluoridation

Reasons Why Fluoride in the Water is Important

In 1945, the city of Grand Rapids was the first community in the United States to introduce fluoride to its drinking water as a means to prevent tooth decay. The introduction of fluoride into the water of communities has been identified as one of 10 public health achievements in the 20th Century according to the Centers for Disease Control.

The following are reasons why fluoride is good for communities:

  • Prevents tooth decay. Tooth decay is one of the most common childhood diseases and fluoride in the water is a most efficient way to strengthen teeth and prevent this decay. When cavities are prevented teeth last longer.
  • It is available to everyone. Many people are not able to afford to go to the dentist regularly to have their teeth cleaned and examined—water fluoridation allows them to improve their oral health free of charge. Everyone can get the benefits of fluoride just by drinking water when they are thirsty.
  • Protects people of all ages.  Studies show that fluoridated water strengthens children’s baby teeth as they develop and helps prevent cavities in adults, even with the use of fluoride tooth paste.
  • Fluoride is safe and effective. Scientific evidence from the past 70 years has shown that fluoride in the water shows this. Many organizations, such as the American Dental Association, the American Medical Association and the World Health Organization recognize the benefits of fluoride in our water. In the concentrations allowed by the Environmental Protection Agency, fluoride is beneficial.
  • Fluoride is in water naturally.   Fluoridation is the adjustment of the level of fluoride to prevent tooth decay. This is similar to the process of fortifying milk with vitamin D, salt with iodine, and orange juice with calcium.
  • Fluoridation also saves money. The life time cost to add fluoride to the water per person is less than the cost of one dental filling, according to a study published in the Journal of Public Health Dental.

The fluoridation of water is of importance to everyone who drinks water. It helps keep teeth strong. Call or contact Dater Dentistry with any question about keeping your smile healthy.

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