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Why You Need to Drink Tap Water to Avoid Cavities


Posted on 1/25/2017 by Doctor Kethcart
A woman drinking a bottle of tap water.
Bottled water has become so commonplace that some people completely miss drinking tap water altogether. While this may be more convenient, it can actually leave you more susceptible to getting cavities.

Most tap water has been treated with a wide range of chemicals, plus been given minerals and vitamins added to it, which helps keep our bodies healthy. Tap water is really good for your teeth, and should be something that you drink on a daily basis.

The Benefits of Tap Water for Your Teeth

Tap water is typically treated with fluoride. In terms of your oral health, that is a good thing. Scientists found out years ago that fluoride is great at helping to prevent tooth decay.

The more fluoride you get, the healthier your teeth are sure to stay, within reason. Your body often gets less fluoride each day than it uses to protect your teeth, so if you need more help, you have a few options. First, you can drink a lot more tap water.

Second, you can use a toothpaste and mouthwash that have been enhanced with fluoride. Third, you can talk to your dentist about getting a fluoride treatment. This can be done every 3, 6, 9, or 12 months, depending on what level of oral health you have and how much fluoride you get naturally through other means.

Tap water should be something you are drinking on a daily basis, if you have city water. You should be trying to get all 64 ounces of water you need per day from the tap, instead of out of a bottle.

While bringing a bottle of water may be more convenient, the water you need to fill it with should be tap. Contact our office about how much fluoride you need so that you can keep your mouth as healthy as possible.

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