Dental problems are a huge issue in America, where nearly 50 percent of people live with gum disease and one in five lives with an untreated cavity. With that being said, according to new research, even more people would suffer from dental issues if it wasn’t for our drinking water.
A recent study indicates that fluoridated water can help prevent tooth decay in adults. Published in the Journal of Dental Research, the research seems to disprove common assumptions that fluoridated water only benefit kids. In conducting their study, the research team analyzed data from over 3,700 adults who were part of a 2004-2006 Australian survey. After reviewing the data, the researchers noted that people who lived in provinces that supplied fluoridated water enjoyed much fewer incidents of tooth decay when compared to people who lived in provinces that offered non-fluoridated water.
More Is Needed
A growing body of evidence is showing that fluoridated drinking water helps protect our teeth; however, despite its benefits, fluoride isn’t enough to prevent serious dental problems that can have big consequences. Sadly, statistics prove that countless Americans disregard their oral health, leaving them susceptible to serious infections, tooth loss and bone resorption.
Far too often, dental problems balloon into major issues without offering any sort of real warning. To ensure that your dental health is where it needs to be, it’s important to schedule routine cleanings and exams, which prevent gum problems and cavities. These important appointments also allow dental practitioners to identify unknown issues which might otherwise go unnoticed and ultimately develop into serious, expensive problems.
As the old saying says, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Don’t wait for a minor problem to explode into a major one; contact Dr. Siegel to schedule a routine dental cleaning and checkup.