Community water fluoridation is supported by a broad consensus in the dental, medical, and scientific communities. CWF is described as the adjustment of natural fluoride concentration in water sources to a level recommended for optimal dental health. In recognition of its benefits, it was recognized as #9 on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s list of the 10 greatest public health innovations of the 20th century. That’s all the more reason for Bennington to join 57% of Vermonters in applying community water fluoridation to boost dental health.
We invite you warmly to discuss community water fluoridation with the American Dental Association — and with your dentist in Bennington.
Watch a brief video about fluoride and fluoridation: Dental Minute
The American Dental Association takes a strong pro stance towards community water fluoridation- beginning in the early 1900’s, an overwhelming amount of research has shown the beneficial effects of fluoride. Take a look at the American Dental Association’s 10 Reasons to Fluoridate Water, as well as their comprehensive report of Fluoridation Facts that serves to inform, answer questions, and debunk all myths related to community water fluoridation. The following sections draw from the comprehensive report to concisely assemble and present the basics of fluoridation and it’s benefits.
What is fluoride?
Fluoride compounds, such as those we see existing in all water sources, such as rivers, lakes, and streams, contains fluorine and other elements. These compounds are central compounds in rocks and minerals, and as water passes over these minerals in water sources, the fluoride compounds dissolve and release fluoride ions. The most important thing to remember is that fluoride is a naturally occurring compound, and all sources of water contain a natural baseline amount of fluoride. It is even found in varying low levels of concentration in most foods and beverages!
Does fluoride help prevent tooth decay?
YES! Using fluoride results in strengthened enamel that is more resistant to decay. Fluoride provides the means of increased protection from bacteria and acids that work to decay teeth.
Unfortunately, it is widely known and accepted that Bennington citizens have struggled with poor oral health outcomes for years. The Coalition is here to tell citizens of Bennington that fluoride helps prevent tooth decay in two manners- both systemically and topically. Systemic fluorides are those that are physically ingested into the body. This is especially important during the years of tooth formation in infants, toddlers, and adolescents, as the fluorides ingested become incorporated into the tooth structures. They provide long-lasting protection for the developing teeth.
There are also healthy benefits from topical fluoride exposure. Topical fluorides, such as those found in toothpaste and mouth rinses, strengthen the enamel on already present teeth.