In the recent discussion regarding community water fluoridation, an early childhood dental care program was suggested as a positive solution to the fluoride question. Unfortunately, it is limited in scope and requires participation.
Water fluoridation is available to the entire population and individuals do not have to change their behavior to benefit. Water fluoridation helps prevent cavities for everyone, children and adults. In fact, for very young children, it is the only means of prevention without requiring a dental visit or motivation from parents and caregivers.
One common dental problem with older adults is root decay as a result of more gum recession. Add some difficult medical issues and you have a big problem. Fluoride helps them the same way. Water fluoridation is accessible and beneficial to the entire community regardless of age, health, and socioeconomic status.
Richard C. Kennedy Jr., D.D.S.