Bottled Water verses Tap Water
Always a topic of controversy. Water is the most essential element you need to keep your body healthy. Water helps your body by keeping your temperature normal, lubricates and cushions your joints, protects your spinal cord, protects sensitive tissues and gets rid of waste in your system. With that being said, what is the best option for you to drink to ensure you keep your teeth and body healthy?
There is much controversy about bottle water and yet some of our major brands are just glorified tap water which is regulated by the FDA. The most significant difference between bottle water and tap water is the amount of fluoride contained in the water. Bottled water contains less. The biggest controversy isn’t in the water itself but in its containment system.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) committee agreed that bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical found in polycarbonate (used to make watercooler jugs, sport-water bottles and other hard plastics, but not PET), may cause neurological and behavioral problems in fetuses, babies and kids. A separate NIH-sponsored panel found that the risk was even greater, saying that adult exposure to BPA likely affects the brain, the female reproductive system and the immune system. The FDA has reviewed these reports and says it will keep monitoring the data to see if the agency needs to take regulatory action.
Currently, the U.S. Public Health Service recommends a range of 0.7 to 0.12 milligrams of fluoride per liter of drinking water.
It has been proven that communities with water supplies offering fluoride show a significant reduction of cavities in the population. These studies were conducted in the early 1940’s. Since then, the US market currently produces a wide range of fluoride toothpaste and rinses that weren’t available when the studies were originally done.
So that leaves the question, is too much fluoride bad for you? Fluoride in high doses is toxic and can cause a variety of health conditions. However, in small doses it is proven to be safe and effective in preventing cavities.
So this may leave you wondering “How would you know if your getting too much fluoride?” Seeing your dentist(J.C. Duncan DDS FAGD) regularly is essential to ensure you are getting the right amount of fluoride. There are many indicators your dentist can identify to ensure that your body is not receiving more fluoride than is needed. As a dentist, we believe that water treated with fluoride is the healthiest option for your teeth. However, too much of anything is never good. If you live in an area where the water is treated with fluoride, call and schedule an appointment with J.C. Duncan DDS FAGD at our Huntersville, NC office.
J.C. Duncan Family Dentistry
103 Commerce Center Drive Suite 101
Huntersville, NC 28078
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