Switch To Tap Water For Stronger Teeth

Have you gotten more cavities since you started drinking bottled water? It's not that Evian or Poland Spring will rot your teeth; but drinking less and less tap water often means getting less tooth-fortifying fluoride.

"Fluoride makes the entire tooth structure more resistant to decay and promotes remineralization, which aids in repairing early decay before damage is even visible," according to Dr. C.H. Chu, lead author of a recent study published by the Academy of General Dentistry. This and other research has shown that the addition of fluoride to the public water supply is the most effective source of fluoride.

"Drinking tap water to receive fluoride is safe, and it's easier on your wallet than going to the dentist for a filling," explains AGD spokesperson Dr. Cynthia Sherwood.

However, although a majority of Americans get fluoride through their faucet, some areas of the country do not have fluoridated water. For people in these areas, or for those who just can't give up their water-bottle ways, a dentist can apply a fluoride varnish.

Did your cavity count go up when your tap water consumption went down? Let us know how you get your fluoride by leaving a comment below.