Bottled Water Does Not Protect Your Teeth Like Tap Water Can
Posted on 11/10/2018 by Jolie
If you have an ongoing problem with cavities, you should consider what type of water you drink. The U.S. is in a bottled water revolution, where many people choose this option over the water that comes into their home via their sink.
While bottled water is certainly convenient and offers a delicious, crisp taste, it is missing one mineral that is crucial for your oral health – fluoride.
Why is Fluoride So Important?
Fluoride plays a major role in protecting the teeth and fighting off cavities. It strengthens the enamel and prevents against decay, and without it, many people would suffer from cavities.
It also works to re-mineralize the tooth enamel after damage due to acid, protecting the inner portions of the teeth from further damage. Fluoride is so important that most municipalities now include it in their tap water, and since this public health development, cavity rates have declined.
Does Bottled Water Ever Contain Fluoride?
Fortunately, the demand for fluoridated water has been heard by many corporations. Now, several companies offer fluoridated bottled water. This way, you'll get all of the benefits of bottled water as well as the cavity-prevention.
Does Tap Water Contain Other Minerals?
When it comes to hard water that comes straight out of the kitchen tap, fluoride isn't the only beneficial mineral. Tap water contains phosphorous, magnesium, and calcium, and hard water tends to taste better than soft or filtered water.
If you have a habit of drinking non-fluoridated, bottled water, it is important that you let us know. We can prescribe a special fluoride supplement, tablet, or drop to get you the fluoride that you need. We also offer special varnishes that contain sodium fluoride to help protect your teeth from future damage. Give us a call today to learn more about how we can help to protect your teeth.
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