Many health experts recommend drinking eight to 10 glasses of water each day. But the type of water you drink may have an impact on your teeth. According to the American Dental Association, more and more Americans are drinking bottled water, which typically does not contain the recommended amount of fluoride, a mineral that helps prevent tooth decay. In most cases, bottled water is purified through a process of reverse osmosis or distillation. While this helps improve the taste, it also removes all the naturally occurring fluoride from the water. The same goes for at-home water purification filters in your fridge or attached to your faucet.
Most tap water, on the other hand, contains fluoride added by the city to help keep its residents healthy. The ADA recommends checking your bottled water packaging for its fluoride content. If it is not shown, contact the company and ask for the exact level. In order to help prevent tooth decay, water should contain at least .7 parts per million of fluoride (1 ppm = 1 mg/L). If you discover that your bottled water does not have enough fluoride, consider your daily routine to determine if you can get it from another source. Do you use purified or tap water when cooking? Do you drink city water at work or school?
If you have concerns, talk to a dentist on your True Care Advantage plan. The dentist will evaluate your teeth and help you decide the correct amount of fluoride needed for optimal oral health.