- October 3, 2015
There Must Be Something In The Water
Welcome back to our ongoing dental health blog!
At Holly Dental Care, our team strives to deliver convenient and comprehensive dental solutions to the families of Holly, Michigan.
In our office on North Saginaw Street, we offer preventive care, children’s dentistry, and many options for cosmetic smile enhancements.
We know that nothing will tarnish your smile faster than cavities.
So, in today’s blog post, we wanted to discuss an alarming trend related to tooth decay in the United States.
Cavities And Decay Were Everywhere You Looked
The oral health situation in America during the first half of the 20th century was pretty bleak. Come to think of it, the situation was even worse in the previous two centuries of our republic.
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.
Blues In A Bottle
The recent rise in cavities seems to be correlated to the increased popularity of bottled water.
How can water cause decay?
But, you see, the more you drink bottled water, the less likely you will be to consume tap water.
Because here in Holly, MI our public water supply is full of fluoride that helps keep your mouth healthy.
Bottled Water Is A Billion Dollar Industry
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.
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?
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 a while. Just don’t deny yourself all the benefits of the fluoride found in our Holly, MI tap water.
Holly Dental Care Does Care
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.
Contact our Holly, MI team today to make an appointment!