It’s that time of year again! In the dental world, February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. A month to reflect on the importance of children’s dental health, and the steps we can take to teach them how to care for their smile all year round.
Usually, it’s the little things in our daily routine we overlook. For example, brushing and flossing times and techniques, along with other preventive steps we can take to avoid common dental problems, like seeing the dentist on a regular basis. However, sometimes we forget about the importance of drinking the right kind of water too.
This year, the American Dental Association (ADA) is focusing on the significance of drinking tap water. Why, you may ask? Well, according to the ADA, “More than 70 years of scientific research has consistently shown that an optimal level of fluoride in community water is safe and effective in preventing tooth decay by at least 25 percent in both children and adults.” Simply by drinking the right kind of water, there is potential to substantially reduce the amount of decay in children. In fact, “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention named community water fluoridation one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century.” If you have fluoridated water, it definitely serves as an advantage. Drinking a little less bottled water and going for the tap a little more often is the way to go!