Parents want the best quality for their kids when it comes to their health: quality food, fresh air, and clean drinking water.
Some parents restrict their families to drinking only bottled water because they fear contaminants in tap water. Doing this, however, could be harmful to young smiles.
If your family drinks bottled water, then you need to know how that how it could potentially affect your children’s teeth.
What’s Wrong with Bottled Water?
The problem with bottled water is what it’s missing.
Most bottled water doesn’t contain fluoride, a mineral that’s essential for tooth and bone health. A habit of using only bottled water for drinking, brushing, and cooking deprives your family of this vital mineral.
Why Fluoride Is Important
Fluoride occurs naturally in food sources all over the world and is added to municipal water supplies. Controlled levels of fluoride strengthen teeth, especially during development.
Fluoride transforms key elements in enamel to make it resistant to dental decay.
Today, you can find fluoride in small amounts in most community drinking water systems. That’s why tap water is one of the best sources of daily fluoride.
What Kind of Water Should Your Kids Drink?
Bottled water in itself is not bad for oral health. It’s the lack of fluoride that may be weakening your children’s teeth.
If your family chooses to drink bottled water over fluoridated tap water, that’s fine. You may not even have a choice if you live in a place where the water is contaminated.
Just make sure that your kids get the fluoride they need. A dentist can recommend a supplement or rinse to make up for what your children lack in their drinking water.
Talk with your kids’ dentist to learn more about the benefits of fluoride.
Posted on behalf of:
Manhattan Dental Design
315 W 57th St Suite 206
New York, NY 10019
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