Drinking plenty of H2O is crucial. In fact, staying hydrated can not only help your body function optimally, but it can also keep your skin acne-free, boost your performance while exercising, and even help ward off tooth decay and cavities. However, when it comes to keeping their teeth and gums in pristine condition, many patients wonder whether the water quality matters. If you’ve found yourself wondering something similar, then keep reading!
So, Does the Quality of Water Affect Your Teeth?
Simply put, the answer is yes. Although first-world countries, like the US, have access to clean, safe drinking water, others aren’t as fortunate. A recent study conducted in Indonesia confirmed that lack of quality drinking water significantly increases cases of tooth decay. The children who drank water with no fluoride and high levels of manganese and acidity had various states of tooth decay – all before the age of 10. Subsequent studies have confirmed this finding, which points to the link between quality water and optimal dental health.
Tap Water VS. Bottled Water: Which Is Better?
Although Americans have access to clean, quality water straight from their faucet, tap water has gotten a bad reputation, leading adults and children alike to opt for bottled alternatives. However, it is important to note that bottled water doesn’t contain fluoride, which is a naturally occurring mineral that has been linked to healthier, stronger teeth. Plus, the negative effects of plastic on the environment are undeniable. So, if you are a bottled water enthusiast, it is time to consider making the switch.
Does Filtered Water Benefit Your Oral Health?
Filtered water is the ideal choice for patients who don’t trust straight tap water but are also environmentally conscious. But what effect does filtered water have on your teeth? The answer really depends on the filter you are using. For example, some filters, unbeknownst to their users, completely remove fluoride. Therefore, it’s always a good idea to conduct thorough research on the product before purchasing it. You may even want to ask your dental team about which ones they recommend. After all, they are your greatest allies when it comes to the condition of your teeth and gums!
About the Author
Dr. Nicholas Brong entered the field of dentistry in 2012 after earning his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of California in San Francisco. In the last decade, he has undergone advanced training in everything from dental implants to laser dentistry while simultaneously helping patients in his community achieve pristine oral health and beautiful smiles. To learn more about properly caring for your teeth and gums at home or to schedule an appointment, visit his website or give him a call at 507-288-1066.