Plenty of people drink bottled water in the U.S. However, this trend does not mean you will have better check-ups when you visit our dental team. To experience better dental health, it is better to choose tap water, which normally contains fluoride.
Is Your Bottled Water “Purified?”
Some of the bottled water featured on store shelves comes with a label that says it is “purified.” Usually, this means the company took regular city water and filtered out the contaminants, including the minerals, such as fluoride. In some cases, the water has undergone a treatment called reverse osmosis. In either case, the water will not contain the fluoride needed to prevent tooth decay. When you remove the fluoride in water, it lacks a component that serves to improve tooth health and remineralize and strengthen the teeth.
Water Fluoridation in Municipal Water Supplies
Water fluoridation in municipal water supplies around the world has been touted as one of the major innovations of the past century. Before fluoride was added, people regularly experienced dental decay. The addition of fluoride changed everything, as studies showed fluoridation significantly reduced cavities. Because fluoride normally is not added to bottled water, people who drink it instead of tap water, or use it to rinse their teeth after brushing, do not receive the benefits that fluoridated water supplies.
How Much Fluoride Should Water Contain?
Currently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (USDA) does not require that bottled water companies list the fluoride content in their bottled water unless the mineral has been added. To prevent tooth decay, water should contain 0.7 to 1.2 ppm of fluoride. When reviewing your use of fluoridated or bottled water, consider how much tap or bottled water you use for meal preparation or for cooking. Also, do you add tap water or bottled water to powdered drinks?
Are you getting enough fluoride from your water? If not, you may be drinking too much bottled water. How about professional cleanings and exams? Have you visited our dental team within the last 6 months? If not, now is a good time to book a time for a cleaning and consultation.