It should be no surprise that drinking water is essential to the health of your body. But did you know that your teeth need water too? While any type of water is good for rinsing away sugars and helping to neutralize acids in your mouth, tap water offers additional benefits compared to bottled water. If your kids only drink bottled water, they could be missing out on the cavity-fighting powers of fluoridated tap water.
Tap Water Vs. Bottled Water
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that community water fluoridation is one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century. Tap water contains small amounts of fluoride, and we know that fluoride consumption is proven to prevent tooth decay by at least 25% in children and adults, according to the American Dental Association.
How does fluoride fight cavities? Fluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral that can strengthen tooth enamel and even remineralize teeth damaged by acid. Unfortunately, the majority of bottled waters contain little or no fluoride.
Ways to Get Fluoride
If you prefer that your family continue drinking bottled water, don’t despair. You can still get adequate amounts of fluoride in other ways. First and foremost, use a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Next, inform your dentist about your lack of tap water consumption. Professional fluoride treatments are available for both children and adults. Last, there are fluoride supplements if your dentist still thinks your kids can benefit from more of this cavity-fighting mineral.
Keep in mind that while fluoride is an important way to prevent decay, it is not the only method of retaining a healthy mouth. Limiting high sugared foods and drinks as well as brushing and flossing on a daily basis are also critical steps to a healthy mouth. Your child should be seeing a dentist every six months for a cleaning and checkup. Is it time to schedule your appointment? Call Gilreath Dental Associates today!
Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV,