Plastic Water Bottles: Bad For the Environment and Bad For Your Teeth
Alan Slootsky, a family and restorative dentist, posts an article explaining how plastic water bottles can be detrimental towards younger childrens’ teeth.
Today, dentists are seeing an increase in cavities in preschoolers. There are many reasons for this including bad brushing habits and sugary foods. But one unexpected source that is adding to the problem is bottled water.
Bottled water seems like a healthier choice in beverages when compared to other sugary drinks. Most bottled water does not contain fluoride. Fluoride is commonly found in tap water. And more kids and adults are drinking from a bottle instead of the tap. It is becoming more popular and healthier to drink bottled water instead of sodas. The use of bottled water has doubled in the past decade.
A big reason why dentists are finding more cavities in younger children, is because parents are using bottled water in formula instead of tap water. Fluoride in water helps prevent tooth decay by 20 to 40 percent. Water without fluoride has the biggest impact on children under the age of eight. These are the ages in which their teeth are still growing. After your teeth have grown, dentists say it is fine to drink bottled water. Just be sure to get fluoride in your system with fluoride toothpastes or rinses.
There are some bottled water products that do contain fluoride. These are great for using with baby formula. Always keep in mind that drinking water is always a good thing. When drinking a lot of bottled water, make sure to use toothpaste with fluoride. Brush your teeth and go to the dentist to keep cavities at a minimum.