Your tooth decay could be caused by a seemingly unlikely culprit: bottled water.
The problem is bottled water often lacks fluoride. A natural mineral, fluoride is an established way to prevent tooth decay.
Fluoride is absorbed easily into tooth enamel, especially in children's growing teeth, and once teeth are developed, fluoride makes the entire tooth structure more resistant to decay.
As more consumers sip bottled water, fewer of them ingest enough fluoride to prevent cavities. If bottled water is your main source of drinking water, you could be missing the cavity-fighting benefits of fluoride.
First started in 1945, community water fluoridation has become recognized as a key intervention:
If you or your children don't drink much fluoridated water, here are some ways you can add more fluoride to your diet:
Last updated March 8, 2022
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