It’s considered one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century, but many of us never think about it. It prevents tooth decay, contributes to healthy bones, and best of all, you can get it by simply turning on your faucet.
It’s fluoridated water.
The presence of fluoride in a community’s water system is the most efficient and effective way to prevent tooth decay in adults and children. Best of all, all members of the community receive the benefits, regardless of age, income or location. Because it’s so simple and so effective, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hail it as one of the greatest public health achievements of our time.
It saves money.
According to the American Dental Association, the average lifetime cost per person to fluoridate a water supply is less than the cost of one dental filling. For most cities, every $1 invested in water fluoridation saves $38 in dental treatment costs.
Earth’s groundwater and oceans are awash with fluoride. When communities add fluoride, they are adjusting it to the level recommended to prevent tooth decay – just like food manufacturers add vitamin D, or calcium or folic acid.
Fluoride protects teeth by preventing mineral loss in tooth enamel and by replacing lost minerals. In addition, it reduces the ability of bacteria to make acid, which wears down enamel.
To learn more, please visit the ADA Fluoride Facts webpage.
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