Fighting Cavities With Tap Water

Americans drink billions of gallons of bottled water a year. Why?

Well, many believe their tap water isn't safe or they aren't satisfied with the taste.

But there's an element in your tap water that combats cavities and promotes healthy tooth development.

The problem is, some of you probably aren't drinking it.

Daniel and his wife Tia just opened Simon Dentistry in Bowling Green and are already seeing the effects of children drinking too much bottled water and sugary drinks.

"We try and promote brushing and flossing, and also trying to use more tap water which has more fluoride in it," Daniel explained.

Studies say almost 70-percent of the U.S. population receives fluoridated water through the taps in their homes but many children aren't drinking it.

"You have to be very selective on the bottled water that you choose," Daniel assured.

The ever-popular bottled water industry says it's water is safer, purer and mineral free.

While that may be true for some companies, it turns out what's in bottled water like Aquafina is the same as what's in your tap water.

"You've got to look at your water purifiers also, like some Brita remove fluoride and some don't," Daniel said.

Dr. Simon said fluoride helps prevent and even reverse the early stages of tooth decay.

"All the kids that come in that are under 18, we try to do fluoride treatment on them. Look for toothpaste that are high in fluoride concentrations," Daniel suggested.

The adequate levels of fluoride are between .07 and 1.2-parts of fluoride per million parts of water.

At last check, BGMU hit the adequate levels of fluoride at 1.1.

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