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Trust the Tap

There are many benefits to drinking water,  but drinking bottled water can impact your dental health.

Doctor Oran Troegle, Dental Provider at the Community Healthcare Center, said put the bottled water down to keep your teeth strong and healthy.

He said fluoride found in tap water replaces calcium in enamel, and it makes your teeth less susceptible to acid attack by bacteria. Dr. Troegle added, "We need fluoride from the moment of conception, so when baby teeth are built they are built stronger with the fluoride."

Most cities will add a healthy dose of fluoride in tap water, around .7 milligrams per litter.   
That is why drinking more tap water is key, but Dr. Troegle said that's not always the case.

"We are seeing an epidemic throughout the civilized world with cavities, especially in children."
Dr. Troegle added, "This is more of a long term result, but we are seeing a marked increase now."

Although fluoride is tasteless and orderless most bottled water manufacture's don't put it in the water. Dr. Trogel encourages his patients to drink the tap.

Dental experts said you can also get healthy amounts of fluoride from toothpaste or fluoride supplements. They also suggest if you do drink bottled water, stay away from sugary drinks as much as you can.

 

Natalie Garcia,   Newschannel 6

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