Drinking Fluoride Water Improves Teeth

Tuesday 31st August 2010

Drinking fluoride enriched water as a child can improve dental health in adulthood, according to new research due to be published in the October issue of the American Journal of Public Health.

Scientists at Columbia University compare tooth loss and census records to local fluoride levels and found that children who lived in areas were water was fluoride enriched generally seemed to loose less teeth later in life, than their non-fluoride drinking counterparts. Researchers explain that these dental benefits could be attributed to fluoride, as the compound acts to improve tooth enamel and to fight decay-causing oral bacteria, which can lower levels of tooth decay and tooth loss throughout adult life.

Dental care experts recommend that children should brush their teeth regularly with a fluoride toothpaste to promote good oral hygiene and to reduce the likelihood of tooth decay.

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