Did You Know? The Invisible Cavity-Fighting Secret

Water smallerOur senior population, in particular, may have to face greater dental challenges that younger patients. And it’s all because of a safe, synthesized mineral compound—fluoride. This tasteless, colorless and odorless cavity-fighter was first introduced into the public water supply in 1945 as a test in Grand Rapids, Michigan. A subsequent 15-year study showed a reduction in cavities among children there by more than 60%.

Water fluoridation continues to be endorsed by the American Dental Association based on an “overwhelming weight of peer-reviewed, credible scientific evidence.” Today, just about every top manufacturer of toothpaste includes fluoride as the active ingredient because of the great way it helps protect our teeth.