Welcome back to our dentistry blog!
Our New Mexico team, here at Advanced Dental of Las Cruces, is ready for all of your family’s oral health needs.
We offer a variety of preventative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and sleep apnea solutions to help you get the smile you have always wanted.
Today we wanted to discuss everyone’s favorite topic, cavities.
Back In The Day, Decay Was Widespread
Throughout this country, oral health professionals recognized the need to address the widespread tooth decay that they were seeing in the first half of the 20th century.
That’s why we took on an important government-led project that focused on the fluoridation of public water.
The good news is that, since this process first began, the incidence of tooth decay has been significantly lowered with each passing decade.
That is, until recently.
You May Need To Put The Bottle Down
All signs seem to point to bottled water as the reason for the recent rise in cavities.
We know it seems strange.
Water as a cause for cavities?
In actuality, the water in the bottles isn’t itself causing your teeth to deacy.
But it can deprive you from access to a huge preventative measure.
You see, the more you drink bottled water, the less likely you will be to consume tap water.
That’s bad because our Las Cruces, NM public water supply is loaded with fluoride that helps keep your mouth healthy.
Bottled Water Is Big Business
Bottled water is a billion dollar business.
In fact, Americans now drink more bottled water each year than milk or beer.
There is probably good reason for this.
It is readily available, and certainly not cost prohibitive.
Moreover, drinking bottled water feels healthier than consuming sugary sodas or energy drinks.
There are people here in Las Cruces, NM who buy bottled water for their family because they think it is more natural and less polluted than tap water.
Some folks even convince themselves that bottled water tastes better.
We can assure you that public water sources are actually far more regulated for safety.
And to us, water tastes like water.
It just seems odd to want pay for something at the store that is available for free right in your own home with added oral health benefits.
Plus, all of that plastic does untold damage to the environment when it is discarded.
Tap Into Something Healthier
The American Dental Association made a telling statement on all of this stuff.
They said that simply by drinking tap water, Americans can benefit from cavity protection whether they are at home, work or school.
What’s more, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention named community water fluoridation as one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century.
At Advanced Dental of Las Cruces, we think your health is too important to go back to the way things were before fluoride hit the water supply.
That’s why we want you to be fully aware of the consequences of relying on bottled water for hydration.
As your partner in oral health, we don’t want you to deny yourself and your children all the benefits of the fluoride found in our Las Cruces, NM tap water.
Advanced Dental Is Here For You
To make sure your teeth and gums stay healthy and clean, drink plenty of tap water in addition to brushing and flossing twice each day.
And don’t forget to schedule your regular visits to Advanced Dental of Las Cruces for teeth cleanings and oral examinations.
Contact our New Mexico team today to make an appointment!