Virginia Beach Dentist Dr. Mary Lewis- Fluoride Treatment

The Benefits of Tap Water In Virginia Beach

Everywhere you turn you’ll hear people encouraging you to drink more water. It’s essential for all of our bodies to function. It keeps the body parts well lubricated and aids in digestion. It even provides cushion for vital organs and parts like the brain and spinal cord. Water helps flush toxins and waste from your body and even regulates your internal temperature. Without water our bodies would simply shutdown.

While many people reach for their favorite bottled water, tap water may in fact be the best choice. Unlike bottled water, tap water in most municipalities contains additional fluoride. This small health measure can improve the health of many individuals while reducing the need for costly healthcare down the road.

What is fluoride?

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that is found in plenty of foods and water. Because of its nutritional benefits, many communities add synthetic fluoride to the water supply, allowing families easy access to additional fluoride treatments.

How is fluoride beneficial to me?

The food we eat leaves behind a thin, sticky layer known as plaque that can deteriorate the protective coating of our teeth. This coating, known as enamel, is comprised of minerals. When we consume these minerals, such as calcium, fluoride, and phosphate, are redeposited into the enamel to protect teeth from cavities.

Fluoride cannot only prevent tooth decay, but it can also reverse the effects in small children. For children between the ages of 6 months to 16 years, it is vital to be exposed to fluoride when the primary and permanent teeth are forming. Many people, including children and adults, suffer from fluoride deficiency.

Do I have to drink fluoridated water?

Fluoridated water has proven beneficial for both children and adults to protect their teeth from further cavities. While fluoridated water is most often found in tap water in Virginia Beach, some individuals do not like the taste of tap water. At your appointment, your hygienist may recommend alternative ways to increase fluoride levels, such as fluoride-rich mouthwash, toothpaste, or supplements. Regardless of whether you drink tap water or bottled water and seek alternative fluoride treatments, it is essential to consume plenty of water throughout the day.

What happens if I don’t get enough water?

Unfortunately, many people suffer from dehydration. They simply do not consume enough water. Most doctors and dentists recommend 8 to 9 cups of water per day but each person’s needs vary. Physical activity and extreme temperatures could lead to excessive water loss, typically through sweating, resulting in the need to compensate the loss.

Dehydration can cause body aches and cramping as well as nausea and vomiting. Because it is vital for organs to function, it can lead to more serious issues within the body.

Do I need additional fluoride?

Each patient is different. If you think you may be in need of fluoride treatments, please feel free to contact Dr. Mary Lewis at VB Cosmetic & Family Dentistry. Dr. Lewis can examine your teeth to see if you would benefit from treatments.