Archive for October, 2012

Fluoridating Public Water

Fluoridating public water is the single most effective public health measure to prevent tooth decay.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has proclaimed community water fluoridation one of the ten great public health achievements of the 20th century.  Fluoride is already present in all water sources, even the oceans.  Water fluoridation is simply the adjustment of fluoride that occurs naturally in water to a recommended level for preventing tooth decay.  Water that has been fluoridated is similar to fortifying salt with iodine, milk with vitamin D, or orange juice with calcium..  It has been shown that water fluoridation prevents at least 25 percent of tooth decay in children and adults.  It is estimated that every one dollar invested in water fluoridation saves 38 dollars in dental treatment costs.  In the United States almost 74 percent of the population on public water systems receive fluoridated public water, that’s a total of almost 204 million people.


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Do I Really Need to Floss?

Do you ever wonder if you really need to floss?  Well the answer is yes.  Flossing removes plaque and debris that sticks to teeth and in between teeth.  It polishes the surface of the teeth and controls bad breath.  Plaque is a sticky layer of material containing bacteria that accumulates on teeth, including places where toothbrushes can’t reach.  This can lead to gum disease.  By flossing your teeth daily you increase the chance of keeping them for a lifetime and decrease the chance of getting gum disease.  A toothbrush is a very important tool, but it only cleans the tops and sides of the teeth.  Flossing cleans between the teeth.  Dental floss comes in many different forms.  There are waxed, unwaxed, flavored, unflavored, and many more.  They all work well, so it is up to you which type you choose.  Some people have never been taught good flossing techniques.  Don’t be embarrassed to ask your dentist to show you the proper way to floss.  That’s exactly what we are here for.



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