- December 30, 2015
Drink In The New Year With Tap Water
Welcome back to the Holly Dental Care blog! We are proud to be your trusted dental team in Holly, MI. And we are happy to provide you with lots of good dentistry-related information via this platform.
With today’s post, we wanted to do something a little different. Now that we are staring down a new year, we thought it might be nice to take a backwards half-look over our shoulders at what has come before.
What do you know about our own history?
Did you know that the first settlers arrived here in Holly back in 1831?
Our community actually began as a lumbering depot founded by Ira C. Alger, and ever since, Holly has been home to a variety of industries and farms. It is also home to some pretty cool dentists! But seriously, there was a time in our not so distant past, when oral health among our citizens was pretty bleak. To the point that the federal government had to get involved in order to save our smiles.
A Dark History
The oral health situation in America during the first half of the 20th century was abysmal. But it was in the middle of the 20th century that we were both wise enough and empowered enough to change the course of history in regards to the health of our people.
With the help of the government, we went after cavities in a big way. The means of our assault on decay was the fluoridation of public water supplies.This is something that we all take for granted now, but it was a major move at the time.
And it worked!
The incidence of tooth decay in this country has been significantly lowered with each passing decade. However, things seem to be taking a turn for the worse, of late.
The Bottle Let Us Down
The recent rise in cavities seems to be correlated to the increased popularity of bottled water. What? How can water cause decay?
Well, it doesn’t, at least not directly.
But, you see, the more you drink bottled water, the less likely you will be to consume tap water. And that’s bad. Because here in Holly, MI our public water supply is full of fluoride that helps keep your mouth healthy.
Bottled Water Is Big Business
In this country, we consume something like 10 billion gallons of bottled water each year.
The last we heard, it even outsold milk and beer. And that’s saying something.
There’s no doubt it is everywhere these days, and fairly cheap to obtain. And it has picked up a false status as cleaner method of hydration.
There are people here in Holly, MI who buy bottled water for their family because they think it is more likely to be natural and free of pollutants than our local tap water.
In reality, public water sources are policed more closely by the federal government to ensure a clean, safe supply.
Plus, doesn’t it seem strange to want pay for something at the store that is available for free right in your own home?
And at home it comes with added oral health benefits and no extra damage to the environment.
Where do all those plastic bottles end up?
Hydrate Your Health
It isn’t that we have anything against the makers of bottled water.
We are just interested in keeping our Holly Dental Patients as healthy and mindful as possible.
The American Dental Association even weighed in recently.
The ADA noted that simply by drinking tap water, Americans can benefit from cavity protection whether they are at home, work or school.
We are so lucky to have that at our disposal.
What’s more, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention named community water fluoridation as one of the top public health accomplishments of the 20th century.
At Holly Dental Care, we think your oral health is far too important to let things backslide.
That’s why we want you to be aware of what can happen when you rely solely on bottled water for hydration. It’s alright to have bottled water once in awhile. Just don’t deny yourself all the benefits of the fluoride found in our Holly, MI tap water.
Holly Dental Care Is Here For You
To make sure your teeth and gums stay healthy and clean, we suggest that you brush, floss, and consume level of tap water every day. Most importantly, don’t forget to schedule your regular visits to Holly Dental Care for professional teeth cleanings and oral examinations.
Get the New Year started off right! Contact our Holly, MI team today to make an appointment!