We all like it. Its handy and safe. But one thing it lacks is something very important to your oral health:
The majority of bottled waters on the market do not contain optimal levels (0.7–1.2 ppm) of fluoride. And, some types of home water treatment systems can reduce the fluoride levels in water supplies potentially decreasing the decay-preventive effects of optimally fluoridated water.
As mentioned, fluoride is a major factor in decay prevention. So if bottled water is the primary way you acquire hydration, you need to look for other sources of fluoride. For instance a fluoride treatment can be given in the office. Fluoride can be applied to the teeth as a gel, foam, or varnish. These treatments contain a much higher level of fluoride than the amount found in toothpastes and mouth rinses. Varnishes are painted on the teeth; foams are put into a mouth guard, which is applied to the teeth for one to four minutes; gels can be painted on or applied via a mouth guard.
Then there are toothpastes and mouth washes that contain fluoride. The point is, make sure you’re getting an adequate amount of fluoride in order to prevent tooth decay. If you have any questions, give us a call or talk to us about it on your next visit.