The topic of fluoride being added to drinking water in cities and towns is one that has been making the news lately, not just here in Arborg, but throughout Canada. There is debate as to whether municipal water supplies should add fluoride to treated water supplies. Some people have concerns if it is safe for drinking and if it will really make any difference in helping to reduce tooth decay.
What Is Fluoride and Is It Safe?
Fluoride is a natural and common mineral that can help in the prevention of tooth decay and cavities. It helps to make our teeth stronger by affecting the enamel layer of the teeth and making it more resistant to tooth decaying acids.
Fluoride is safe for children and adults and dentists may prescribe fluoride treatments to help make our teeth more resistant to tooth decay because it helps with the formation of higher quality enamel.
Where Does Fluoride Exist Naturally?
Fluoride occurs naturally in all bodies of waters, from our lakes and streams to our rivers. Much like the minerals calcium and iron, fluoride naturally dissolves into freshwater supplies in the ground. For instance, if you have well water, chances are there will be fluoride in it.
On the other hand, if your water is provided by your municipality (“city water”), then the amount of fluoride could have been reduced as the water was treated. However, fluoride can be added back into treated water to aid in improving dental health.
Why Do Some People Oppose Fluoride in Drinking Water?
Granted, there is much misinformation about fluoride being added to a city’s drinking water. This is largely due to the fact that fluoride is a mineral that has multiple uses, aside from helping strengthen our teeth’s enamel.
Fluoride can be used in the production of pet foods, cosmetics, fertilizers, ceramics, and more. It is from some of these uses that some people think fluoride is bad for you or believe it is a by-product or waste-product contained in water supplies. By-products and waste are terms often applied to materials which serve no useful purpose.
Of course, this is not the case with fluoride. There are benefits gained from ensuring people receive the proper amount of fluoride, either in their drinking water or with fluoride treatments from their dentist, as part of better oral health.
If you have further questions about fluoride and how it can help prevent tooth decay, do not hesitate to contact us, here at Arborg Family Dental by calling (204) 376-2624 today. Our goal is to provide our patients with quality dental care, which also includes helping to better educate them about how they can achieve health teeth and a beautiful smile!