This month, the American Dental Association (ADA) celebrates National Children’s Dental Health Month by commemorating the 75th anniversary of water fluoridation.
According to ADA President Chad P. Gehani, “More than 75 years of scientific research has consistently shown that a recommended level of fluoride in community water is safe and effective. It also prevents tooth decay by at least 25% in both children and adults.”
He says, “Simply by drinking water, Americans can benefit from fluoride’s cavity protection. My fellow dentists should proudly impart the message with their patients and communities this and every year.”
Many of our older patients seen at the Pennsylvania Center for Dental Implants and Periodontics may experience greater dental challenges because fluoride wasn’t around when they were very young. This tasteless, colorless and odorless cavity-fighter was first introduced into the public water supply in 1945 as a test in Grand Rapids, Michigan. A subsequent 15-year study in Grand Rapids showed a reduction in cavities among children by more than 60%.
The ADA continues to endorse water fluoridation based on an “overwhelming weight of peer-reviewed, credible scientific evidence.” Today, just about every top manufacturer of toothpaste includes fluoride as the active ingredient because of the great way it helps protect our teeth.