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Troubled Waters And Your Oral Health

Welcome back to our Virginia dental blog!

As a father and son dental practice, at Moss, we understand the importance of taking care of family.

Our team is here to serve the families of Fredericksburg, Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George, and Caroline, Virginia.

In our office on Pelham Street, we strive to meet the oral health needs of your entire family while treating you like you are part of ours.

This is why we are so big on preventative dentistry.

So, obviously, it troubles us to see decay on the rise again among people in Virginia–and everywhere else in America.

This is the sort of pain and expense that can easily be avoided.

Especially when we went to such great lengths in this country to make fluoride readily available in public tap water.

Pain And Suffering

What were you doing during the last century?

Many of you aren’t old enough to remember the public health crisis that tooth decay was causing.

But, take us at our word, there was a time when most mouths in Virginia were loaded with cavities.

We aren’t talking early American history, either, like when George Washington had wooden teeth.

It wasn’t until mid-way through the 20th century that our government leaders and oral health advisors joined forces to improve the situation for U.S. citizens.

But they did so in a big way.

The fluoridation of public water sources was an ambitious project with far-reaching implications.

And it was bold enough to change the course of history.

Year after year we saw the reported incidences of cavities and tooth decay in this country go down.

These numbers remained low until recently when we began to see a disturbing trend in the wrong direction.

This was puzzling, and theories abounded.

But the recent increase in tooth decay among the U.S. population seems to be directly correlated to the rise in bottled water sales and consumption.

That’s crazy, right?

Don’t Befriend The Bottle

How can bottled water possibly cause cavities?

Well, it isn’t the water in the bottles that is causing cavities to make a comeback.

At least bottled water doesn’t do so in a direct way.

Truth be told, it is the lack of fluoride in these bottles that is the real problem for your oral health.

Our Fredericksburg, VA public water supply is full of the fluoride that helps keep your mouth healthy and free of decay.

What’s more, it is free of charge!

And it doesn’t come at an environmental price either.

Did you ever consider where all the plastic goes once you’ve finished a bottle of water?

We aren’t saying that it isn’t alright to have a bottled water every now and again.

It is a whole lot better than some other options that you will encounter on the go.

But don’t habitually neglect your faucet at the expense of your health.

Trust us, you wouldn’t want to deal with fillings, root canals, extractions, or implants down the road.

The American Dental Association has noted that simply by drinking tap water, every one in Virginia can benefit from some extra defense against tooth decay whether they are at home, work or school.

How cool is that?

This will go down in history as a great public health success story.

Whether or not it has a happy ending is, in part, up to you.

We’re not asking you to walk on water.

Just drink it–out of the tap!

Moss Will Keep You Smiling

At Moss, we want you to keep your teeth and gums healthy and clean by drinking plenty of tap water.

We also want to see you keeping up with your home hygiene habits, and visiting the dentist often (every 3-6 months).

In the meantime, we will do our best to keep you updated on the latest and greatest in oral health via this blog.

Contact our Fredericksburg, VA dental team today to schedule your next preventative appointment!