Get ready for an epic showdown: bottled water vs. tap water. In the red corner, we have bottled water weighing in at 1.04 pounds. In the blue corner, we have tap water at roughly 8 ounces plus the weight of your cup. The stakes are high because our patients want to know which is better for their teeth!
Is It a Fair Fight?
Bottled water vs. tap water will never be a fair fight because most tap water contains a secret weapon: fluoride. Fluoride, a natural mineral, was added to the public water supply in many communities during the 20th century in an effort to fight cavities and limit tooth decay.
Fluoride for the Win
Fluoride is the real MVP that you want in your corner. It strengthens your tooth enamel through a process called remineralization. During remineralization, fortifying minerals such as fluoride, phosphate, and calcium are deposited on the crystalline mineral structure of your enamel. This is a winning move because strengthened enamel makes for a strong and healthy mouth. Enamel that is thin and weak exposes the nerves inside your inner tooth to potential irritation from pressure, temperature, and bacteria. Nerve irritation causes sensitive teeth and exposure to bacteria leads to pain, tooth decay, cavities, bad breath, and infection!
All Bottled Up
Consider this: water is not the only thing that your plastic water bottle could contain. Certain types of plastic slowly give off toxins and chemicals, which you then ingest each time you take a sip! This plastic then could be recycled, but often it gets dumped in a landfill or litters our beaches and oceans, posing a threat to wildlife. If you opt for bottled water, do your research and choose a plastic that does not give off any toxins, and do your best to recycle the bottle after consumption.
Ask Us All Your Dental-Related Questions!
Next time you reach for a refreshing glass of tap water, congratulate yourself not only for staying hydrated but also for taking steps to protect your teeth and the environment. To schedule your next appointment or to ask our team any questions about how to strengthen your teeth, contact our Austin office today by calling (512) 992-2822.