Water fluoridation benefits entire communities. When fluoride is added to water supplies, there is less dental disease, and recent research shows better dental health leads to better overall health overall.
Water fluoridation is not expensive. Although the community’s size can slightly change the numbers, the average cost is between 50 cents and $3 a person each year. The oral health of the community is improved and taxpayers, businesses and families save money on their healthcare needs. The prevention of tooth decay is achieved simply by drinking water.
Almost all big cities in the United States fluoridate their water supplies. Fluoride is naturally contained in all water sources but not in a high enough amount for the proper dental health. After 65 years of research, scientists have stated fluoridated water is one of the best possible achievements in the field of public health in 100 years.
Cavities have been reduced by 40 percent after a water supply has been fluoridated. Even a small amount of fluoridation will benefit your teeth when they are exposed to it on a regular basis. Half of all children in first grade and 80 percent of 17-year-olds are affected by cavities. For every dollar spent by a community on fluoridating the water, there is a $38 savings on dental costs.
Fluoridating the water also keeps children in school and adults at work. Children lose 51 million hours in school and adults 164 million hours at work due to dental illnesses.
Individuals of all different ages are protected from cavities with fluoridated water. Studies have shown a community that has fluoridated water is preventing a minimum of 25 percent of tooth decay in both kids and adults. This holds true even when the benefits are received from other sources like toothpaste.
Fluoridating water is safe. U.S. Surgeons General have endorsed water fluoridation as have over 100 health organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Medical Association, the American Dental Association, the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.