What’s the Dental Impact of Bottled Water?
You might know that water helps to flush toxins from the body, regulate the body temperature, and keep the organs functioning properly. But did you know that fluoridated water also strengthens the teeth and prevents cavities? In Henderson NV and across the country, dentists are even recommending water to control bad breath and dry mouth. But, if your family is depending on bottled water rather than fluoridated tap water, you could be missing out on some of these benefits.
The content of fluoride in bottled water can vary greatly across the various brands, but recent studies have shown that most brands are consistently testing well below the optimum water fluoridation levels. In fact, some brands of bottled water have been found to contain no fluoride at all! When water is bottled, it is generally treated by reverse osmosis or distillation processes that remove all of the naturally-occurring fluoride from the water. Since the companies that provide us with bottled water are not required to list the fluoride content on the labels, it may be necessary to contact the companies directly in order to find out how much fluoride your family members are receiving.
If your home is equipped with a water filtration system that includes reverse osmosis or distillation, you should be aware that your family may be receiving less than the recommended dose of cavity-fighting fluoride.
Generally speaking, drinking water should contain 0.7-1.2 parts per million units of fluoride in order to effectively lower your risk for cavities. If the fluoride content in your drinking water falls below this standard, it’s important to discuss the issue with your dentist. According to your needs, your dentist could recommend a prescription strength fluoride product to provide you with an additional layer of protection against cavities.