Encouraging Latino Immigrants to Trust Tap Water


Posted & filed under Children's Oral Health and Fluoride, Fluoride and Public Health, Fluoride, Oral Health, and Access to Care.

Lots of people—especially Latino kids—have problems with tooth decay, even though it’s easy to prevent. That’s why Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation has spearheaded a campaign to introduce Latinos to Denver’s fluoridated tap water.

Latino familyMany immigrants from Mexico, Central and South America have experienced water that is not safe to drink. The use of bottled water and other beverages is a necessary way of life that has passed from one generation to the next. Introducing mothers to the safety and benefits of Denver’s tap water may be the key to better dental health for Latino families.

Mouth pain means that kids miss school and parents miss work, and dental treatment can be expensive and hard to access. Poor oral health can lead to infections, nutritional problems, and affect a child’s overall well-being.

Latino kids suffer more than other kids from tooth decay, from baby teeth up through permanent teeth. Latino kids from families with lower incomes have the highest rates of severe and untreated decay.

In addition to brushing and flossing, drinking fluoridated water adds an additional layer of protection against tooth decay and cavities because it bathes the teeth in small amounts of this important mineral throughout the day.

Tap water is far less expensive than bottled water; it also eliminates a lot of plastic waste. And it is really important for overall health. Water has zero calories and, when fluoridated, protects teeth instead of introducing sugars that cause decay, contribute to weight gain, and aggravate diabetes.

Here’s an easy way to find information on the quality of your local water supply.