Welcome back to the Dores Dental blog!
We strive to provide the highest level of dentistry services to patients in Longmeadow, Springfield, Wilbraham, Southwick and Hampden, MA.
Our eclectic team offers esthetic, restorative, and implant dentistry for the whole family.
And we take preventative dentistry pretty seriously.
This is why it concerns us that tooth decay seems to once again be on the rise among the U.S. population.
In today’s blog post, we wanted to address the need for everyone to take advantage of the fluoride contained in our Longmeadow public tap water.
This is easy to do, it doesn’t cost anything, and it will help defend you from cavities and decay.
Thank Uncle Sam For Your Oral Health
We aren’t saying that big government is always a good thing.
But we have all benefited from one initiative in particular.
You see, there was a time, not that long ago, when the oral health of most American communities was pretty abysmal.
Disease and decay were everywhere, and most folks didn’t know what they needed to do to properly maintain their teeth.
Thankfully, things have gotten better.
For one thing, essential oral hygiene habits are better known, and most people have access to a dentist.
But something big went down that changed the course of history.
Back in the middle of the 20th century, our government took the necessary steps to launch a project that ensured the fluoridation of public water sources for the foreseeable future.
For decades, we saw the health benefits as the reported cases of cavities and tooth decay in this country went down.
These numbers remained low until something happened recently that knocked us off course.
There have been other theories, but most studies indicate that the re-emergence of decay appears to be correlated with the increase in bottled water consumption we’ve experienced in the last decade or so.
What Makes The Bottle Bad?
Bottled water isn’t regulated for purity the way that tap water must be.
What’s more, it comes wrapped in plastic, and that has to eventually be discarded or recycled causing some level of environmental damage.
Still, the water itself isn’t necessarily bad for you.
It definitely isn’t causing cavities, at least not directly.
The problem for you is the lack of fluoride that is so essential for your oral health.
Here in Longmeadow, MA, our public water supply is full of the fluoride that helps keep your mouth healthy and free of decay.
Honestly, it’s perfectly fine to have a bottled water when you are on the go.
It is better than grabbing a name brand (insert your favorite here) soft drink.
But your faucet is a free source of refreshment and has been engineered to protect your smile.
The big guns over at the American Dental Association have noted that simply by drinking tap water, every American can benefit from defense against tooth decay whether they are at home, work or school.
That’s pretty amazing when you think about it.
This major public health success story should never be forgotten or taken for granted.
Dores Dental Can Keep Decay At Bay
At Dores Dental Care, we want you to keep your teeth and gums healthy and clean by drinking plenty of Longmeadow, MA tap water.
We also want to see you in our office every six months for a professional teeth cleaning and dental exam.
Contact our team today to schedule your next preventative appointment!