By Bergmann & Hohm Dental
October 06, 2014
Category: Oral Health
You’ve just come from a long, hot jog in the summer sun. You reach into your bag and can’t wait to guzzle the ice cold bottled water you brought with you. I’m sure the first few gulps are refreshing after your heart-pumping workout. Clearly, drinking water is far healthier for you than drinking sugary soda and sports drinks. However, if you consider yourself an avid consumer of bottled water, you might want to take a few minutes to read up on how this little plastic bottle could affect your dental health. Your dentist in Oconomowoc is here to give you the scoop on bottled water and the importance of fluoride.
 

5 Questions To Ask About Your Bottled Water

 
1. What is fluoride?
Fluoride is a mineral that has been known to protect against dental decay. It helps keep enamel strong by remineralizing tooth surfaces to prevent cavities from forming.
 
2. Will drinking bottled water without fluoride cause cavities? 
There are many reasons why cavities can develop. One factor is how much fluoride you consume. Your dentist will recommend the best ways for you to incorporate the right amount of fluoride to your diet, including toothpaste, floss and mouthwash. A natural source of fluoride is best though. 
 
If you consume bottled water with little or no fluoride and you aren’t getting fluoride from other sources, you may experience an increase in cavities. To ward off tooth decay, consider drinking fluoridated tap water instead.
 
3. Do bottled water labels mention the amount of fluoride they contain? 
While the FDA doesn’t require that fluoride content be listed on your water’s nutritional label, it does require fluoride additives to be listed. Also, if your water’s label says, “Drinking fluoridated water may reduce the risk of tooth decay,” then your water contains between 0.6 mg/L to 1.0 mg/L.
 
So how much fluoride should you be getting? The Department of Health and Human Services has done extensive research on the subject and has found that 0.7 mg/L is the recommended amount of fluoride that someone should have. 
 
4. If it’s not on the label, how can I find out the fluoride levels in my bottled water? 
If you want to find out more about your favorite bottled water’s fluoride content, our Oconomowoc dental practice recommends contacting the manufacturer directly to find out more.
 
5. What other tactics can you use to protect teeth? 
At Bergmann & Hohm Dental group, we now offer new, state-of-the-art fluoride varnishes that can be easily applied to the teeth. These fluoride varnishes have shown to be very effective in preventing tooth decay and cold sensitivity, as well as remineralizing damaged enamel.  
Protect your teeth from decay by monitoring how much fluoride is in your diet. If you have any concerns or questions regarding fluoride or fluoride treatments, contact your Oconomowoc, WI dentist today at (262) 567-0770.

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N50W34770 Wisconsin Ave.
Okauchee, WI 53069
(262) 567-0770

 

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