Here’s a helpful infographic that shows what foods are good for your teeth health, and what foods are bad. Some misconceptions are pointed as well!
General rules of thumb:
- Drink LOTS of water to reduce drying of the mouth
- Gravitate towards fluoride and dairy products
- Avoid starchy, sticky food
- Keep up with routine oral hygiene!
Bill Nye weighs in on the fluoridated water and backed the benefits of the public health cause. Watch the video here to see what he has to say about it and the overall achievement of oral health.
Some of the strongest evidence yet for public water fluoridation has just been released the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Adelaide, Australia. The study strongly reaffirms the dental health benefits to adults, even if they did not receive fluoridated drinking water during their childhood.
Fluoride drinking water prevents tooth decay for all adults regardless of age and whether or not they consumed fluoridated water during childhood, according to the first population-level study of its kind.
Fluoride water does help prevent tooth decay in adults.
The researchers examined randomly selected Australian population survey data from 3,779 adults aged 15 and older between 2004 and 2006. They measured levels of decay and study participants reported where they lived since 1964. The residential history of the study participants was matched to the information about fluoride levels in the community water supplies. Then the researchers were able to surmise the percentage of each participant’s lifetime drinking public fluoridated water.
The research showed that adults who spent more than 75 percent of their life living in fluoridated communities had significantly less tooth decay (nearly 30 percent less) when compared to adults who had live less than 25 percent of their lifetime in fluoridated communities.
Fluoridated water has been considered one of the greatest public heath achievements of the 20th century.
Fluoride basically has worked miracles in the oral health world and has been considered a great health care achievement. Using fluoride has been a huge factor in the sharp decline of tooth decay and other oral issues. There are a lot of facts out there about fluoride and here are some that you may or may not know:
- Grand Rapids, Mich., was the world’s first city to adjust the level of fluoride in the water supply on January 25, 1945.
- The average cost for a community to fluoridate water is around 50 cents per person per year for a large city, while it’s around $3 per person for a smaller community.
- For every $1 invested in fluoridated water, it saves nearly $38 in dental treatment costs
- In 1999, the CDC named fluoridation one of the greatest public health achievements of the 20th century.
- More than 405 million people and more than 60 countries have access to fluoridated water.
- Around 50 percent of the ingested fluoride is removed from the body by the kidneys.
- In the U.S., the natural level of fluoride in ground water varies from very low levels to over 4 ppm. The fluoride level of the oceans ranges from 1.2 to 1.4 ppm.
- El Paso, Texas, and Jacksonville, Fla., are the only two known cities in the U.S. that are naturally fluoridated.
- The American Medical Association’s (AMA) House of Delegates first endorsed fluoridation in 1951.
- No court of any level has determined fluoridation to be unlawful.
- In 1991, the ADA required fluoride toothpaste manufactures to put this on the label: “If you accidentally swallow more than used for brushing, seek professional help or contact a poison control center immediately”
- In 1996, the FDA required fluoride content of bottled water to be listed on the label if only fluoride was added during processing.
- Fluoride is present in water as ‘ions’ or electrically charged atoms.
- You can contact your public water supply in your community to get the fluoride content.