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Dental Implants: A Guide for Seniors

If you are a senior considering dental implants, you may have to worry about issues other dental patients don't have to think about. For example, you may need more time to recover after receiving your implants. My name is Jodi, and I've been working with seniors for years. I decided to create this blog to help the seniors I can't meet in person. In this space, I'm going to post entries on everything related to dental implants and seniors. From tips on flossing implants after arthritis has claimed some of your dexterity, to guiding you through the implants-vs-dentures debate, this blog is designed for you. Thanks for reading. I hope you find what you need!



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Exclusive Use of Non-Fluoridated Bottled Water Might Actually Damage Your Kid's Teeth

by Jimmy Carter

On the shelves of grocery stores and kitchen counters, bottled water is now a staple of the Australian dietary landscape. However, bottled water with no fluoride might actually be contributing to reduced dental health for your kids. Fluoride is a salt produced from the mixture of fluorine with soil and rock minerals. Generally, local municipalities voluntarily add fluoride to tap water in order to alleviate the threat of dental cavities. In contrast, the decision to include or not include fluoride is left to the individual producers of bottled water. As a result, your kids might be drinking bottled water lacking fluoride without your knowledge. According to dentists, this might actually diminish your kids' dental health.

The role of fluoride

Fluoride, irrespective of how it finds its way to the tooth surfaces through fluoridated water, toothpaste, gels, rinses or varnishes is crucial in several ways.

Normally, tooth decay occurs when plaque builds up on teeth and produces bacteria. The bacteria produces harmful acids that eat away the surfaces of the teeth. Fluoride inhibits tooth decay by:

  1. Being incorporated into the tooth structure.
  2. Protecting and strengthening teeth surfaces.

Basically, fluoride stops the acid generated by the bacteria from damaging the tooth enamel. What's more, it promotes faster repair of teeth weakened by acid and stops the development of new cavities.

A case against exclusive use of non-fluoridated bottled water

Many parents prefer giving their kids bottled water to drink because of the threat of tap-water contamination. Additionally, they cite bottled water as convenient and having a good taste and smell. However, many parents have no idea whether the bottled water they give to their kids contains fluoride or not. In reality, consumers have a hard time discovering whether bottled water contains fluoride or not and whether the amount is appropriate.

Therefore, when bottled water lacking fluoride is used exclusively at the expense of fluoridated tap water, then the benefit of consistent, small quantities of healing fluoride goes astray, and kids are more susceptible to cavities on their teeth surfaces.

In conclusion, drinking fluoridated tap water can significantly reduce the threat of tooth cavities in kids. In tackling the fear of tap-water contamination, parents should boil or treat fluoridated tap water and give it to their children to drink. Additionally, they should only buy clearly branded fluoridated bottled water. Parents should schedule dental visits to learn more about the importance of fluoridated water on their child's dental health.