Is bottled water bad for my smile?

Portrait of a beautiful woman holding a glass of waterIn America, it is reported that we consume over 8 billion gallons of bottled water annually. That’s a lot of water! Hydration is key to maintaining a healthy body, and it can also reduce calorie consumption and obesity. But one thing it cannot do is maintain a healthy smile in terms of the missing additive: fluoride. 

What is fluoride? 

Fluoride is a mineral that is added to water supply and foods. It can help in maintaining strong, healthy teeth and reduce the risk of cavities. This is especially true for patients who regularly drink sodas, sports drinks, and other sugary beverages that can counteract their oral health and actually contribute to the chances of developing areas of decay. 

Bottled water vs. tap water 

Fluoride is helpful in ensuring a healthy smile, and when comparing bottled water versus tap water, tap water always wins due to this additive. Patients shouldn’t be afraid of tap water and should embrace it, knowing that it can contribute to strengthening the teeth. Patients can also use tap water in reusable water bottles designed to be used more than once, also reducing unnecessary waste in the environment. 

Is bottled water bad for my smile? 

No, bottled water is not bad. It’s just missing fluoride which is added to tap water for oral health. Regardless, patients who are choosing water over other beverages are still doing good for their body. Sometimes, bottled water is just more convenient, especially for those who are always on the go and unprepared with a refillable water bottle. 

Good oral health habits 

Drinking tap water with fluoride in conjunction with proper oral health habits at home can reduce the risk of problems when visiting the dentist every six months for an evaluation. Our team can evaluate your health and make recommendations regarding the steps you can take to improve or maintain it. 

Contact the team of Gentle Family Dentistry and Implant Center today 

Interested in learning more about ways to keep your smile healthy? Schedule time to speak to our dental team in our Bethlehem and Allentown, PA area locations. We are open to new and established patients at our state-of-the-art dental facilities.

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