Some families turn to bottled water or distilled water instead of the tap water. This may not be a good choice since their children may be missing out on one important ingredient: fluoride!
When water fluoridation started more than 60 years ago, much research has been done before it was started and more research has been done ever since due to the concerns raised about it’s safety. The World Health Organization after it has examined the evidence, has published a report where it’s conclusion was that “Community water fluoridation is safe and cost-effective and should be introduced and maintained wherever socially acceptable and feasible.” Water fluoridation is estimated to reduce tooth decay by 20- to 40 percent in children and adults.
Bottled and filtered water, may not contain any fluoride. The majority of bottled waters on the market does not contain optimal levels (0.7-1.2 ppm) of fluoride, according to the ADA. That is why many dental health specialists suspect bottled water’s increased popularity as the culprit behind rising rate of decay.
Because fluoride helps strengthen teeth, it is an important component of maintaining good oral health. So if bottled water is your water of choice, be sure to check the label to make sure that your brand contains fluoride. But simply drinking fluoridated water is not the magic ticket to healthy teeth. To keep your teeth for life it’s important to brush and floss daily, in addition to your daily fluoride intake and having a dental examination twice a year.