This month we celebrate National Children's Dental Health Month - an important initiative bringing attention to our youngest smiles. This year's focus is on community water fluoridation, and the slogan is "Fluoride in water prevents cavities! Get it from the tap!"
2020 marks the 75th anniversary of community water fluoridation which has been named 1 of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century. It is lauded as one of the most cost effective, equitable, and safe measures communities can take to prevent cavities and improve oral health. [CDC] It has been shown to dramatically reduce the number of teeth affected by decay and to greatly increase the number of children who are cavity free.
It's important to note that fluoride content is regulated and regularly tested in public water supplies; however, private well systems do not have these same controls. If you have a well water supply, the fluoride level can be ascertained through laboratory testing. If the fluoride level is suboptimal (less than 0.7 mg/L), it may be time to talk to Dr. Gil about whether you child could benefit from daily fluoride supplements.