Did you know that drinking bottled water may be doing your body more harm than good? In particular, to your teeth. More specifically, to your children’s teeth. It’s not what bottled water contains that makes it not so healthy, it’s what it doesn’t – fluoride.
That’s right. Stick with tap water, especially for your kids. For more than 60 years, the U.S. has been involved in a public health program called community water fluoridation. Most communities throughout the nation add fluoride to their water supply, which has resulted in a significant decrease in childhood cavities.
Fluoride works by strengthening tooth enamel. Adults don’t have to worry about this so much, but for kids it’s a must. And though many parents turn to bottled water thinking they’re being health conscious, kids really shouldn’t be drinking it at all.
Sure, there are a few bottled water companies on the market that add fluoride, but it’s not enough, and your brain would be water-logged by the time you drink enough for your teeth to benefit. Check the label or contact the company directly if you have questions.
Home water-filtration systems swipe the fluoride out of water as well, so the next time you think about using one or purchasing another bottle, think about your kids’ teeth. And remember, though some people are squeamish about drinking from the tap thinking it contains all kinds of nasty little things, this attitude is really unwarranted. You can check with our local water authority, public health department, of the EPA’s website to put your mind at ease.
Dr. Phillip Katz is an advanced trained General Dentist in Pickerington, Ohio. He studied dentistry at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry and has amassed hundreds of hours of advanced training in the areas of dental implants, veneers, sedation dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry. He provides dental services to patients in Pickerington, Columbus, and surrounding Ohio communities.