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    Pros And Cons Of Fluoride

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    Fluoride, a natural mineral, has long been an aid to dental hygiene and has many proven benefits in oral health. The use of fluoride is a staple in oral hygiene and when used properly, is very effective at preventing dental caries (decay), reversing early signs of decay seen as demineralization/erosion, and in the long run, saving a person’s money spent at the dentist. Fluoride is administered in many ways such as toothpastes, oral rinses, topical applications, and drinking water. Despite…

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    Water Fluoridation Essay

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    Justifiable? Dental caries (tooth decay) is a chronic disease that affects all ages, and remains one of the most predominant diseases in New Zealand. If left untreated, possible ramifications could include, tooth loss (which may result in an undesirable appearance), pain, and infection. Therefore from an early age, it is essential to establish and implement good oral health practices. Examples of these practices (although not limited to) are, regular dental examinations by a dentist or dental…

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    is safe, free to consume and is natural. Despite the continual support for fluoride within dental, medical and scientific communities, there is marked opposition by the general public and a minority of scientists. Through a critical analysis of both the benefits of water fluoridation and its supposed disadvantages, it can be seen that its relevance and vitality for maintaining oral health is stagnant. Dental caries is a common cause of acute preventable hospital admissions in Australia, and the…

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    Since the early 1940s, the fluoride intake has been heavily debated. During dental visits, patients are told that fluoridation, whether by water or topically, is necessary to get a healthy tooth enamel. However, some argue that exposure to fluoride at an early age could have the opposite effect in children. They argue that early exposure causes dental fluorosis, bone fractures later in life, and even dental caries. The demographic of the children being researched ranges from 1-5 years old. They…

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    in groundwater that may exceed 3 mg/L (Botchey, 2015, pg.47). High levels of concentration may lead to potential negative effects on your dental health. Dental and skeletal fluorosis can be side effects of water fluoridation, however both of these are rare. Dental fluorosis is described as pitting and staining of teeth in children mainly, while skeletal fluorosis can lead to a higher risk of bone fractures. Both of these stem from exceeding levels of fluoride that can cause vomiting, nausea,…

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    water which is deemed the most effective and efficient way of preventing dental caries (tooth decay). Public health authorities around the world such as World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and…

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    elementary, middle and high schools, hygiene is a prevalent issue, especially in areas that live in poverty or are low income. There are three areas my group and I will be focusing on throughout this project. In this paper specifically, I will touch upon dental hygiene. Our goal is to provide awareness that hygiene can greatly affect one’s overall health. Our interventions include presenting this in a creative way to elementary students so that they are able to learn why hygiene is so important.…

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    adding fluoride to the water supply so the level reaches approximately 0.7 ppm, or 0.7 milligrams of fluoride per liter of water. The water is fluoridated when the public water system is adjusted to a level that helps to prevent tooth decay and other dental problems. About 95% of fluoride is added to public…

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    An economic study found that for communities over 20,000 people where it costs about 50 cents per person to have the water fluoridated, every 1 dollar put into this protective treatment shows 38 dollars in savings in dental costs (“Cost Savings” 2013, para. 1). In Colorado, the fluoridation of community water systems was shown to have an annual savings of $148.9 million in 2003, or about $61 per person (Kumar, Olbunmi, & Melnik, 2010, p. 647). A study from the National…

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    Introduction Community water fluoridation is the process of regulated supplementation of fluoride to public water supplies in order to reduce the prevalence of dental caries (1). World Oral Health Report 2003 identified dental caries as a key public health issue in a majority of industrialized countries, where 60-90% of schoolchildren and the majority of adults are affected (2). The World Health Organization recognizes water fluoridation as one of the most cost-effective methods of distributing…

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