Wondering if there is fluoride in the bottled water you drink?

Now that the weather is improving, people are spending more and more time outside.  Your body needs water every day. “The Institute of Medicine determined that an adequate intake (AI) for men is roughly about 13 cups (3 liters) of total beverages a day. The AI for women is about 9 cups (2.2 liters) of total beverages a day.”  Read more about drinking water to stay healthy on the Mayo Clinic website.

You may be asking yourself whether to drink bottled water or tap water.  The team at Berkeley Dental Care recommends drinking tap water.  Tap water in the state of Illinois has fluoride. Drinking water with fluoride helps prevent tooth decay. If you drink bottled water, you may be missing out on benefits of fluoride.

How can you find out the level of fluoride in bottled water? 

Some bottled waters contain fluoride, and some do not. Fluoride can occur naturally in source waters used for bottling or it can be added.  Bottled water may not have a sufficient amount of fluoride, which is important for preventing tooth decay and promoting oral health.  The FDA does not require companies to post the amount of fluoride in their bottled water. Contact the bottled water’s manufacturer to ask about the fluoride content of a particular brand.

How can drinking water fortify your teeth?

This fact sheet answers common questions about bottled water and fluoride from the American Dental Association entitled: “The Facts About Bottled Water”