Each time the debate surrounding community water fluoridation surfaces, faculty and alumni of Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry take measures to ensure the oral health of the Dallas community. The dental school dean, Dr. Lawrence Wolinsky, offered his input during the Jan. 28 council meeting, and in this essay, he shares more on this important public health issue.
Without even thinking about it, millions of Americans improve their oral health simply by turning on the tap. That is due to the benefits of fluoride, which occurs naturally in water and is known to harden tooth enamel and help prevent cavities.
Second-year dental students Heena Gupta, Ines Quintanilla and Trang Huynh — now dubbed the “three musketeers”— overcame more than a few obstacles to research a new method for preventing tooth decay.