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Is Bottled Water Good For Your Smile?

  • November 1, 2015

Is Bottled Water Good For Your Smile?

Welcome back to the blog of Gentle Dental Care.

We are your source for comprehensive dental solutions and oral health education in Plainville, CT.

Today we wanted to touch on a more general topic: fluoride and its prevention of tooth decay and other unpleasant things.

Public Policy And Individual Choice

Did you know that the fluoridation of public water supplies in the United States only began halfway through the last century?

Before that the general population of Plainville, CT probably had pretty abysmal smiles after a certain point in life.

But since this process began, the incidence of tooth decay has been significantly lowered in this country.

That was a major turn of events and marked a great public health success story.

The bad news for oral health professionals (as well as the public) is that it looks like that trend might be changing for the worse.

Why Decay Is More Prevalent Today

Studies designed to look at this puzzling phenomenon have indicated that tooth decay is, in fact, on the rise among American children.

And this appears to be correlated to our increased consumption of bottled water in the last decade or two.

On the surface, that sounds kind of crazy, right?

How can bottled water cause cavities?

It isn’t that the water in the bottles is bad for you per se.

And it isn’t in and of itself the cause of tooth decay.

But when you think about it, the more you drink bottled water, the less you will consume tap water.

And it is from your local tap water that you will get all of the benefits of fluoride.

Why Is Bottled Water All The Rage?

Bottled water is convenient.

It is relatively cheap.

And it feels healthy.

At Gentle Dental Care, our Plainville, CT team agrees that bottled water is certainly better for you than sugary soft drinks if you are thirsty while on the go.

Unfortunately, many people buy bottled water for their family to use even at home based on the popular misconception that tap water is polluted and less pure, while bottled water is natural.

They may even trick themselves into thinking that bottled water tastes significantly better.

The truth is that the government actually mandates very strict regulations around how public water is to be treated.

Public water companies are held accountable for disclosing everything that goes into tap water.

The same can not be said of bottled water manufacturers.

And as far as taste, most people can’t tell the difference between our Plainville, CT tap water and bottled water from far away, when push comes to shove.

Keep Your Family Hydrated AND Cavity-Free

The American Dental Association has noted that simply by drinking tap water, Americans can benefit from cavity protection whether they are at home, work or school.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention named community water fluoridation as one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century.

We want to keep moving forward on that front rather than backsliding.

Your healthy smile is too important for that.

That’s why we would encourage you to think about this before you deny yourself and your children all the benefits of the fluoride found in modern tap water by purchasing that next case of bottled water for your pantry.

Gentle Dental Care in Plainville, CT

To make sure your teeth and gums stay healthy and clean, drink a good amount of tap water and schedule regular visits to Gentle Dental Care for cleanings and examinations.

Contact us today to make an appointment!

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