It has been known for decades that water fluoridation prevents tooth decay in children. Now there’s research showing that it does the same for adults.

The evidence comes from a study conducted by the Australian National Survey of Adult Oral Health that recently was published in the Journal of Dental Research.

Most surprising was the discovery that adults who had not had fluoride as children still received decay-fighting benefits from water fluoridation as adults. This reinforces the theory that water fluoridation has a topical effect in preventing dental decay.

Research has long shown that when people are exposed to water fluoridation during their formative years, their dentitions are more strongly crystallized and gain an increased resistance to decay. 

The Nebraska Institute of Comprehensive Dentistry is a dental office in Omaha, Neb., that specializes in comprehensive and cosmetic dentistry. To make an appointment for a dental checkup, call 402-392-2880.

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