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Jul
11

Is Tap Water or Bottled Water Better for Your Teeth?

Bottled water is a big convenience when it comes to ensuring that you’re getting enough to drink each day. Many people grab a bottle on their way to the gym, when they’re heading around town running errands, or at weekend activities. While it may look exactly the same as the water that comes out of your tap, is there a difference between the two?

Municipal water supplies that bring you the tap water in your home are regulated when it comes to contents like fluoride. This information is typically published for residents to access and read if they are concerned about their water source. Added fluoride is monitored so that it remains in the guidelines of healthy parts per million standards. The levels are lower in the summer, and higher in the winter, based on the amount of water content that people consume in these seasonal changes. People drink more water in the summer, so fluoride levels are lower. They drink less int he winter, so fluoride levels are elevated.

Fluoride levels are usually not monitored in bottled water at the supermarket. The source of this water may come from a spring, glacier or even municipal water supply in another state. There is no way of knowing what levels, if any, of fluoride you are consuming. As a result, people with dental problems who are prone to developing decay may not have an adequate level of fluoride intake if their consumption of water is predominantly restricted to water that is bottled. For optimal mineral supplementation that benefits your oral health, fill a reusable bottle with tap water each day. You’ll save a few bucks as well!

Posted on behalf of Juban Dental Care

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