Welcome back to the Dream Dentistry & Sleep Care blog. We are your trusted source for comprehensive dental solutions and oral health education in Quakertown, PA. Whether you have cavities, sleep apnea issues, jaw problems, an aching tooth, or several missing teeth, we’ll always be here to help. To be sure, Dr. Roeder and Dr. Kulp can improve your smile cosmetically, bring back your bite power, restore your mouth to optimal health, and prevent future disease and decay. Speaking of decay, today we actually wanted to talk about fluoride and expose one big reason why folks are missing out on its benefits–namely by drinking bottled water. Keep reading, as this post will definitely make you think, and then be sure to schedule your next preventive dentistry visit to our office!
Big Government Cares About Your Mouth
It may seem like the distant past now, but not so long ago–midway through the 20th century, this country took on an ambitious project that focused on the fluoridation of public water in an attempt to lower the rates of tooth decay–which was widespread, to say the least, especially among children. Obviously, in most parts of the country, this easy access to fluoride is something we take for granted now, but it was a pretty big deal back then and there was a battle over whether or not it was the government’s job to protect the health of our smiles. But the fight was worth it. Because ever since this process first began, all over America, the incidence of cavities has been significantly lowered, decade after decade. That fact is definitely something to celebrate. But, oddly enough, in recent years, the data suggests that this positive trend might be changing for the worse. The question is: why?
Too Many Americans Hit The Bottle
Don’t worry, we aren’t talking about bottles of Yuengling! And you might find this hard to believe but this recent rise in reported tooth decay appears to be correlated to our increased consumption of bottled water in the last decade or two.
How can water possibly cause cavities? It can’t. We aren’t saying that the water in the bottles is creating cavities. But the more you are conditioned to drink bottled water, the less you will consume tap water. And it is our tap water that was engineered to prevent cavities with all the fluoride it now contains.
Reasons For Popularity
Bottled water is easy to come by and fairly cheap to purchase. And it feels healthy compared to sugary sodas or sports drinks. Many people in industrial areas buy bottled water for their families based on the popular misconception that tap water is polluted, while bottled water is natural. Some folks even convince themselves that bottled water tastes better. In reality, public water companies are held accountable for following safety guidelines regarding tap water. Bottled water manufacturers are not regulated in this way. And, to us at least, water tastes like water.
It just seems silly to pay for something that pollutes the environment with plastic when you could get a free version that does not cause any such damage and contains oral health benefits in the form of fluoride. We aren’t saying it is wrong to drink bottled water. Sometimes, when you are out and about, it is the best option. We just want you to think about what you might be missing out on, that’s all.
Our friends at the American Dental Association have stated that simply by drinking more tap water, Americans can benefit from cavity protection whether they are at home, work or school. What’s more, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention named community water fluoridation as one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century. Trust us, we wouldn’t want to go back to the way things were before. Your health is too important for that.
Dream Dentistry & Sleep Care Is Here For You
To make sure your teeth and gums stay healthy and clean, drink plenty of tap water. And don’t forget to schedule your regular visits to our Quakertown, PA dentist’s office for teeth cleanings, oral examinations, and fluoride treatments.
Contact us online today to make an appointment!