Water Fluoridation In Minnesota Prevents Tooth Decay

Water Fluoridation In Minnesota Prevents Tooth Decay

Hello! Welcome to our Plymouth MN family dentistry blog. Today’s message from Arbor Lakes Dental concerns fluoride and children’s dental health. I’m Dr. Jamie Sledd and I have been practicing family and cosmetic dentistry in the Plymouth MN area since 1992.

When I examine a new Plymouth MN patient for the first time, I can usually tell whether the person drank fluoride-adjusted municipal water while growing up. Generally, their teeth are healthier than people who had lower fluoride levels in their tap water.

Ideally, adequate fluoride intake combined with proper oral hygiene, good nutrition, and regular family dentist visits keep teeth healthy and free of decay. However, fluoride also helps teeth remineralize if acids have already compromised the enamel. For decay prevention and teeth strengthening, adequate fluoride is indispensable.

If you have children and your Plymouth MN area municipal water supply does not have the recommended level of fluoride, you may want to consider giving your kids a fluoride supplement. The fluoride will strengthen the primary teeth that have already erupted and also the adult teeth that are forming.

The American Dental Association supports water fluoridation:

‘More than 65 years ago, on January 25, 1945, Grand Rapids, Michigan became the world’s first city to adjust the level of fluoride in its water supply. Since that time, fluoridation has dramatically improved the oral health of tens of millions of Americans. Community water fluoridation is the single most effective public health measure to prevent tooth decay.’ 

At Arbor Lakes Dental, we provide exceptional dental care for all members of the family including general and cosmetic dentistry. We serve Plymouth MN and the surrounding areas. Ask us about teeth whitening, veneers, crowns, and dental bridges.

If you are interested in children’s fluoride supplements, call Arbor Lakes Dental at (763)494-4443 to schedule a family dentistry evaluation.