Rules of the Pool
Since there are no studies completed to prove whether bottled waters contribute to dental cavities, it may be too early to tell how drinking bottled water affects your teeth. But as more people are turning to bottled water for health reasons, the government is stepping in to make sure you're getting the information you need -- bottled water is now regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Although fluoride is not required for bottled water, bottling companies must list the fluoride content if it was added during processing. You should be aware that they do not need to reveal their product's fluoride content if they did not supply it themselves.
How can you tell if your brand of bottled water has fluoride? If it's not on the label, you can contact the company and ask them how much fluoride their water contains. If you have a home filtration system, refer to the manual or contact the manufacturer to determine the amount of fluoride filtered out of your local water supply, which is often monitored by your water authority or public health department. Multiplying fluoride content by the number of liters of water you drink will also help you estimate how much fluoride you're consuming on a daily basis.
Sink or Swim
If you're deviating from your fluoridated community water supply, you may need to improvise to get your daily fluoride content. Discuss your water sources and intake, along with the appropriate level of fluoride you and your family should be getting, with your dentist. If you just can't go back to the tap, your dentist may recommend a fluoride toothpaste or prescribe fluoride drops to help meet your needs. Your dentist can even determine whether your child is ingesting too much fluoride, and will provide protective measures to help prevent fluorosis.
The next time you buy a bottle of water or use a filtration system, think about your teeth, too. Fluoride helps prevent cavities, and since dental health is linked to overall health, you'll want to take the right steps to keep your mouth in great shape. Talk to your dentist about the benefits of fluoride, and include dental care in your plans for a healthy lifestyle. After all, you've worked hard for that body -- why not have a great set of teeth to go with it?
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