Bottled Water: Bad for the Environment....AND your Teeth?

How Bottled Water Falls Short:

65 years ago Grand Rapids, Michigan became the world's first city to adjust the level of naturally occurring fluoride in it's water supply to the optimal fluoride level recommended by the U.S. Public Health Service(0.7-1.2 parts per million) for the prevention of tooth decay.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has added the fluoridation of community water as one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century. Studies today show water fluoridation continues to be effective at reducing tooth decay by 20-40%!

Most bottled waters do not contain the optimal levels of fluoride which is beneficial for preventing tooth decay. The FDA does not require manufacturers of bottled water to list fluoride content on the label-only IF there are fluoride additives added.

Some types of home water treatment systems can also decrease the amount of fluoride to sub-optimal levels.

Your oral health and prevention of cavities depends on many factors:

• how often and how well you brush and floss

• your diet

• how often you receive regular dental care

• how much fluoride you receive from toothpaste, mouthwash, food, professional fluoride products and WATER.

Moral of the Story: Bottled water is not bad for your teeth....BUT if that's all you or your children drink you are missing out on an easy way, that's been proven effective, to help prevent tooth decay!

Division Dental Studio

1900 Division St. #2

Bemidji, MN 56601