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"Huntsville, Ala.—U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, M.D., April 22 officially endorsed community water fluoridation as "one of the most effective choices communities can make to prevent health problems while actually improving the oral health of their citizens."
Dr. Benjamin made her endorsement via a letter read at the opening ceremony at the National Oral Health Conference in Huntsville.
"Fluoridation's effectiveness in preventing tooth decay is not limited to children, but extends throughout life, resulting in fewer and less severe cavities," Dr. Benjamin wrote. "In fact, each generation born since the implementation of water fluoridation has enjoyed better dental health than the generation that preceded it."
Every surgeon general for the past 50 years has endorsed community water fluoridation of community water supplies as a safe and effective weapon in the war against tooth decay.
The American Dental Association has supported fluoridation since 1950.
"The ADA's policies regarding community water fluoridation are based on the best available science showing that fluoridation is a safe, effective way to prevent dental decay," said ADA President Robert A Faiella. "The ADA, along with state and local dental societies, continues to work with federal, state and local agencies to increase the number of communities benefiting from this very effective public health measure. We applaud Dr. Benjamin for making this public endorsement of fluoridation."
Dr. Benjamin's letter to the National Oral Health Conference is available on ADA.org."
Taken from ADA.org website. We've long known that fluoride has helped people prevent cavities for many years. It's nice to see it get more positive press!
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Your DYK for today: 15% of adults who have been to a dentist suffer from extreme dental anxiety.
Most people have some level of anxiety when visiting the dentist. Fortunately, there are ways to help! One of our goals here at Factoria Dental Care is to make sure that you as the patient, are comfortable throughout your entire visit. We focus on clear communication between patients and us, so that we know what we can do to help you be more comfortable. For those that are on the more extreme side of the spectrum of anxiety, there are many other methods to assist you in overcoming the hurdle to take care of your teeth. Some examples are nitrous oxide ("laughing gas"), use of sedative medications to help a person relax, and also our hygienist Jackie is also a hypnotherapist. Many patients have reported that her techniques help them relax while getting their cleanings. If you have any other questions or are looking for a gentle and caring dental home, please feel free to ask us!
Author - Dr Jason Chan DDS