According to the Centers for Disease Control, tooth decay is considered the top chronic infectious disease in children of the United States. Children are not alone. If you have ever experienced the pain of a toothache you can understand what a serious problem tooth decay can be.
The good news is tooth decay is a preventable disease. Good oral hygiene, a balanced diet, and regular checkups can keep your smile bright and your wallet closed. Did you know that a recent study published in an issue of “General Dentistry”, the Academy of General Dentistry’s peer-reviewed clinical journal, found that the addition of a fluoride compound to public water supplies is considered to be the most cost-effective way to prevent cavities and fight tooth decay? Not only does fluoride make teeth more resistant to decay but it actually promotes remineralization which aids in repairing early decay. Children exposed to fluoride at an early age continue to reap the benefits well into their adult life, even decades later. Studies show a relationship between the lack of fluoride in childhood to early tooth loss as an adult.
So is it too late to start obtaining the benefits of fluoride? According to a recent study conducted at the University of North Carolina, evidence suggests that fluoride provides dental health benefits to adults even if they did not receive fluoride as children. Fluoride is found in foods and water. Seventy-five percent of Americans benefit from fluoride infused public water daily. Fluoridated toothpastes and mouth rinses are available for home use and fluoride treatments can be provided by your dental professional at each dental checkup.
Consumers spend more than fifty billion each year on the treatment of tooth decay. Instead of drilling holes to fix cavities why not prevent them? Ask your dental professional at Axiom Dentistry about the benefits of fluoride and how you can add it to your health lifestyle.