Bottled water is more popular these days than ever. More and more people turn to bottled water than tap water, but is bottled water better or worse for your teeth?
Some manufacturers sell bottled water claiming it to be an improvement in taste, smell, and of removing contaminants. Most have been purified or distilled in such a way that certain minerals are taken out. Some of those minerals include fluoride. Fluoride is an unrefined mineral that occurs naturally in many foods and water around the world and is found in the earth’s groundwater.
It helps prevent tooth decay by making the tooth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque bacteria and sugars. Not all bottled water is fluoride deficient, so be sure to check the label on your bottled water to see if it contains fluoride.
Is Fluoride in our water safe?
Studies have shown that areas without fluoridated water have a higher average amount of decay. In Canada, the optimal level of fluoride in the water is 0.7 milligrams per litre (mg/L) included with other sources of fluoride intake.
Community water fluoridation in tap water is when the optimal amount of fluoride is added to the city’s water. In Canada, according to Health Canada, that number is 0.7 ppm for dental benefits. Important to keep in mind, not all city water contains fluoride. Everything considered both options meet safety standards in Canada. Tap water is tested by the Federal-Provincial-Territorial Committee on Drinking Water. Out weighing the pros and cons of all types of water is important to decide on what is best for you. Ultimately the decision is yours. If you would like to find out more about your drinking water you can visit CDW https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/environmental-workplace-health/water-quality/drinking-water/federal-provincial-territorial-committee-drinking-water-health-canada.html