Tap Water Inexpensive Way to Fight Cavities in Kids
The Academy of General Dentistry reminds us that drinking fluoridated tap water is an inexpensive and highly effective way to fight cavities in kids. Researchers looked at the effect of fluoride in specialty milk and salt products, toothpaste, mouthwash and gum, finding that tap water containing fluoride can reduce cavities by thirty percent and compares more favorably to fluoride containing products.
"Instead of drilling holes to fix cavities, dentists would rather educate the public on how to avoid developing tooth decay in the first place," said Cynthia Sherwood, DDS, FAGD, spokesperson for the AGD. "Drinking tap water to receive fluoride is safe, and it's easier on your wallet than going to the dentist for a filling."
C.H. Chu, BDS, PhD, MAGD, ABGD, lead author explains, "Studies have confirmed the most effective source of fluoride to be water fluoridation." Fluoride in tap water can repair minor tooth decay before damage occurs, making it an inexpensive way to fight cavities.
In areas that lack tap water with fluoride, the dentist can apply a tooth varnish to help fight cavities. According to Dr. Chu, "The bland flavor and simplicity of the varnish method also makes it well-tolerated by young children and special needs patients."
Tooth decay from cavities affects overall health, leads to increased cost, pain, less time playing, and hinders learning for children. Drinking tap water with fluoride is inexpensive, available in more than 10,000 communities, and is highly effective for reducing cavities in kids, and ensuring good oral health.