Did you experience early tooth decay? Did you drank a lot of bottled water?
Many dentists and government health officials suspect that early tooth decay in young children may be related to drinking bottled water instead of tap water.
Jonathon D. Shenkin, spokesman on paediatric dentistry for the American Dental Association says, “You should brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, see the dentist twice a year for fluoride treatment and get fluoride in your drinking water,” , ”If you’re not getting it in your drinking water, that takes out a component of the effectiveness of that triad.”
The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention also warned the public, “bottled water may not have sufficient amount of fluoride which is important for preventing tooth decay and promoting oral health.”
A recent study in the Archives of Pediatrics founded that 45% of parents provide their kids with bottled water only, or primarily bottled water. The study also showed, more than 65% of parents providing bottled water does not know what level of fluoride it contains.
International Bottled Water Association responded to the recent news, “In fact, bottled water does not contain ingredients that cause cavities, such as sugar,”
However, other dental experts say it’s not absolutely sure that there is a link between bottled water and tooth decay, but there are certain evidences that supports the claim that bottled water does not have sufficient amount of fluoride and fluoride is a key element in preventing tooth decay
It might not be bottled water that is contributing to the whole cause of tooth decay, inadequate brushing habits, delayed dental visits, food choices, snacks, and beverages may all contribute to tooth decay. But regardless of what may contribute to tooth decay, the main issue is that, it starts very early and it often gets worse. “When you have tooth decay in your baby teeth, you will have tooth decay in your permanent teeth,” said Dye.
Regardless of what may be the cause of tooth decay, it is very important to make visits to see our dentists twice a year, and of course food choices and beverages are a big factor.