The Importance of Fluoridated Water

The Importance of Fluoridated Water

Fluoridation of water goes back to Grand Rapids, Michigan. This was the first city to add fluorine to their drink water and it was done way back in January 1945 in order to prevent tooth decay. What does fluoride do? Is fluoridated drinking water safe for kids? Why are kids drinking less fluoridated water in modern times? Read on to find the answers. 

Why Fluoridation Is Beneficial 

Adding fluorine to the water supply of cities is a 60+ year old tooth decay prevention technique. How does fluoride fight cavities? It helps to remineralize the enamel of teeth. Enamel is the colorless protective layer that keeps teeth from decay. Fluoride also helps to prevent demineralization of teeth which is caused by harmful bacteria in the mouth.  

Is Fluoridated Drinking Water Safe? 

This question has been asked for decades since fluoride can be toxic in higher doses. However, the amount of fluoride added to drinking water is in such small amounts that the body should absorb and use all of it. As a result, there is no harmful buildup. On the other hand, fluoride rinses have a higher amount of the mineral substance and thus require being spit out after swishing.  

Is Your Child Getting Enough Fluoride?  

Because of fears regarding tap water (i.e. lead content), many families have switched to using bottled water. While some bottled water has minerals added, water that has been distilled and not remineralized will have none of the benefits of water that contains natural or added minerals. As a result, it is important to choose your brand of bottled water careful along with your toothpaste brand and other products that may contain fluoride to help protect teeth. 

Protecting the Teeth of Children in the San Diego Area 

At BRSH+FLSS Pediatric Dentistry, we want to help your children to enjoy cavity-free teeth for as long as possible. We accomplish this through various preventative services like dental sealants and professional cleanings. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call 619-741-1500.