Bottled Water is Not as Good for Your Teeth As Tap Water Is
Posted on 11/20/2019 by Emerson Todd Rowley, DMD
Most of us understand that drinking water over any other beverage is the best strategy for good physical health as well as oral health.
What most people do not know is the bottled water you drink can vary in how healthy it really is for your teeth. Tap water is for the most part, consistently great for your teeth. It can be difficult to understand why there would be a difference.
Problems With Bottled Water
Through the process of removing the flavor of the water. They undergo different systems like reverse osmosis. In the process of adjusting the water to fit their plan, they can remove much of the fluoride. Some even increase in the acidic pH. The ones that have flavoring can even be just as harmful to your teeth as drinking a soda. A healthy mouth needs to maintain a pH level of around 7-8.
The scale ranges from 1 to 14. The lower you go, the more acidic it is. There are studies that can show certain waters with a pH level of 7-8, which is excellent. Others can be as low as 3-4. When your mouth drops below a pH of 5.5, you start to have erosion in your teeth. Add to that the removal of healthy fluoride and you have a bad situation.
Tap Water for Healthy Teeth
Tap water is great for a number of reasons. It is regulated to have an acidity of 6.5 to 8.5. This keeps your mouth in a constant state of defense against bacteria in your mouth. By maintaining a healthy acidity, your saliva can continue to bring minerals to your teeth and flush bacteria away. The added fluoride that is filtered into the water protects any of the weak spots in your teeth and aids in the production of enamel.
When it comes to picking a good choice to stay hydrated, turn to your kitchen water. Be wary of home filtration systems; you don't want one that filters the fluoride out. Contact our office for further information on how to maintain your oral health care.