All teeth aren't quite equal in Montreal, apparently; where you live in the city may dictate how healthy your choppers turn out to be, as reported by CJAD, citing a recent study from McGill's Faculty of Dentistry.
Assessing the dental records of Montreal children from nine different areas in Montreal, the dental health report found that one region on the island reigns supreme when it comes to teeth: Dorval.
Comparing the DMFT (decayed, missing, and filled teeth) index of the 415 children, Dorval received an overall score of 0.04. In contrast, the Montreal average DMFT score is 0.11.
For folks who aren't quite familiar with the DMFT scale (like myself), the above info just means that, in Dorval, kids are far less likely to form cavities than anywhere else in Montreal.
The main reason attributed to Dorval's high dental health score is the presence of fluoride in the city's drinking water. Of the districts included in the study, Dorval was the only one to add fluoride to their drinking water.
So if you want your kids to grow up having strong, healthy teeth that are cavity-free, you may want to move to Dorval. Sacrifices need to be made for the sake of dental health, after all.
The DMFT scores of the other nine jurisdictions included in the study were also covered by CJAD. See how they compare to Dorval below:
- Dorval: 0.04
- Cote des Neiges: 0.09
- Pointe St. Charles: 0.09
- St. Henri: 0.09
- Notre-Dame-de-Grâce: 0.1
- Hochelaga-Maisonneuve: 0.1
- St. Laurent: 0.11
- Pierrefonds: 0.13
- Lachine: 0.14