Dental Health Benefited With Fluoride in Water

by Tanya Thomas on  August 26, 2010 at 10:33 AM Dental News
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Children drinking fluoride-enhanced water, a new study has found, benefits their dental health in adulthood decades later.
 Dental Health Benefited With Fluoride in Water
Dental Health Benefited With Fluoride in Water

"Your fluoridation exposure at birth is affecting your tooth loss in your 40s and 50s, regardless of what your fluoridation exposure was like when you were 20 and 30 years old," said Matthew Neidell, a health policy professor at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.

He combined data from recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention community health study and a water census to see the affects of drinking fluoridated water in the 1950s and 1960s on tooth loss in the 1990s.

For children whose adult teeth have not shown yet, fluoride still improves tooth enamel, the highly mineralized tissue on teeth's surface. Fluoride also helps teeth damaged from the decay process and breaks down bacteria on teeth.

The researchers write that respondents who did not live in the same county their entire lives received differing amounts of fluoride in their water, which complicated study findings.

The study, which focused on tooth loss as an indication of overall oral health, could not adjust for factors such as use of toothpaste, which also provides a dose of fluoride.

To prevent tooth decay, Howard Pollick, a professor of clinical dentistry at the University of California, San Francisco recommends also brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and reducing sugar levels in diet.

Thearticle has been published in the October issue of the American Journal of Public Health.

Source: ANI

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Yeah, I also agree that fluoride help the teeth many ways.In the toothpaste there is also have fluoride content.So it protects our teeth from germ specially bacteria.As it provides minerals for the teeth it helps teeth to become strong by this way. Regards, austin invisalign braces

Studies show that ingesting fluoride does not reduce tooth decay. The most toothless Americans live in the most highly fluoridated states. The study upon which this report is doubtful because Connecticut is a fluoridation mandated state with low tooth loss rates but that's because they are one of the few states where Medicaid adults get dental benefits. In 1999, 24% of Americans over 65 were reported edentulous by the Centers for Disease Control, ranging from a low of 14% in Hawaii [9% fluoridated] to, the highest, 48% in West Virginia (87% fluoridated). "The states that were awarded A's (in the Nation's Oral health Report Card for having the highest percentage of their population on fluoridated water had the lowest grades for the percentage of people who still had their teeth," according to an analysis by Hardy Limeback PhD, DDS, Head, Preventive Dentistry, University of Toronto Limeback found that "people were more likely to have missing teeth if they lived in the states where more than 50% of the population was fluoridated. Ironically, the states with the lowest percentage of communities with fluoridated water had the highest grades for oral health - in terms of missing teeth (e.g. more people kept their teeth if they lived in communities without fluoridation)." Actually, dental crises appear in many fluoridated cities. (See: Cavity Crises In Fluoridated Cities Fluoride is linked to a whole host of adverse effects. See www.FluorideAction.Net/health and the Centers for Disease Control reports that up to 48% of US school children are fluoride-overdosed and sport dental fluorosis (discolored teeth) as a result. Yet, children in the US have died from the consequences of untreated tooth decay


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