Hello! Welcome to our Murray family dentistry blog. Today’s message from Salt Lake Dental Care concerns fluoride and Utah children’s dental health. I’m Clint Blackwood and I have been practicing dentistry in Murray since 2005.
When I examine a new Murray 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 Salt Lake City people who had lower fluoride levels in their tap water.
Ideally, adequate fluoride intake combined with proper oral hygiene, good nutrition, and regular dental 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 tooth strengthening, adequate fluoride is indispensable.
If you have children and your Utah 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.’ http://www.ada.org/fluoride.aspx
At Salt Lake Dental Care, we provide exceptional dental care for all members of the family including general and cosmetic dentistry. We serve the Sandy , Salt Lake City, and Murray UT areas. Ask us about teeth whitening, veneers, crowns, and short-term braces.
If you are interested in children’s fluoride supplements, call Salt Lake Dental Care at 801-938-8855 to schedule a pediatric dental evaluation.