Could Bottled Water Be Giving You More Cavities?

Although bottled water is a convenient way to keep you hydrated throughout the hot summer months, it might mean that you’re missing out on the benefits of fluoride in tap water.

Like many cities across our country, Edmonton adds fluoride to the water supply to help prevent tooth decay. Fluoride gets absorbed into the enamel – strengthening it and making it more resistant to cavities. This is especially important in children, whose teeth are still developing. There has been a noticeable increase in tooth decay amongst children in recent years, and although we can’t determine causality from an increase in drinking bottled water over fluoride infused tap water (as pop, candy, and a reluctance to brush and floss are also major contributors), we can’t help but wonder how much of a role it’s playing.

Here are some things to keep in mind about getting more fluoride this summer:

  •  If you drink tap water but pass if through a filtration system (like Brita), some systems do not remove fluoride from the water, so you still may be receiving the benefits of fluoride in your tap water.
  • Some bottled water brands actually contain fluoride – so check the label.
  • If you are concerned you may not be getting enough fluoride, there are some other ways to add it to your diet, but ask your dental professional what will work best for you.

Dr. Jaimee Buchkowsky

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