Back to Tap

Do you think that tap water in the United States is unsafe or unhealthy? 

Instead of drinking tap water, do you instead buy bottled water, juice, or soda to get your hydration?

If so, this could spell danger for your health and your wallet.

First, tap water is not unsafe. If you and your family are avoiding tap water, then you are missing out on the fluoride in the municipal water supply. Families who avoid tap water have higher rates of tooth decay. One of the reasons that you only need two dental check-ups per year is because dentists expect that patients are getting some level of fluoride treatment simply by drinking tap water.

Second, if you regularly replace your water (and your children’s water) with milk, juice, or soda then you are at an even higher risk for developing cavities, diabetes and obesity.

Third, beverage companies are specifically targeting families like yours; families who may be more interested in bottled water and sugar-sweetened beverages than tap water.

Experts at the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity found that beverage companies including Coca-Cola Co., PepsiCo, and others spent $83 million to advertise their bottled beverages on Spanish-language TV in 2013 (up 44 percent from 2010). Why? Because they know that certain groups of people in the United States avoid tap water.

Here’s the real kicker – these brands fill their bottles with tap water before selling it to you.

Most brand name water companies, owned by the largest beverage companies in the world, put “purified” tap water in fancy-looking bottles. Many people perceive these brands to be superior, even though it is just tap water.

Because of this realization, some of these companies will now be forced to change the labeling of the brand to reflect that it is sourced from the same supply as your tap water.

Additionally, bottled water manufacturers are not required to disclose as much information about their water as the municipal water utilities, because of holes in federal oversight. This means that the bottled water companies have less rules regulating their water supply than the tap water supply. They do not have to fluoridate, nor do they have to reveal the process behind how they “purify” their water.  

Did you know? Fiji Water was found to have levels of arsenic (rat poison) which tap water does not contain at any level, after an independent test run by the City of Cleveland.

It’s time to wake up and realize that the big brands are selling you tap water at a rate of 2,000 times what you’d pay for the same amount from the tap! Only their water may contain other risks, and may not contain as much, or any amount of fluoride that is necessary for tooth health.

All of this leads to more dental visits and bills for you and your family, pure and simple.

Cavities may not sound like a big deal. But, tooth decay is the No. 1 chronic disease among children in most states.  43% of Hispanic children, 36% of African American children, and 26% of Caucasian children have untreated dental caries. Children with severe decay problems can end up in an operating room with costs that rise to $10,000 or more to have the teeth pulled.

 

To cut cavities, we suggest:

  • Getting babies to the dentist and finding a dental home as soon as the first tooth appears.

  •  Brushing baby teeth early and often. Use a rice sized amount of paste for ages two and under. 

  • If allowing juice, give one serving of 100 percent real fruit juice in an open glass. Have the child drink it all at once (preferably with meals), then brush and move on. 
  • Avoid sippy cups of juice that babies and toddlers drink from all day. 
  • Avoid “bottle propping,” giving babies juice, milk or formula that sits on teeth as they fall asleep.
  • Drink water throughout the day.

If you must avoid tap water, then turn to bottled water rather than sugar-sweetened beverages. 

Feeling like you might have been missing out on the financial and health benefits of tap water? Click here for a discount on a Cleaning, Exam and X-Ray at any of our Familia Dental locations. Book an appointment now

Sources:

Upworthy

Inverse

Health News Colorado

CNN

Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. 

 
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