Fluoride and Bottled Water

An official statement of the American Dental Association says, “There are no scientific studies to indicate an increase in the tooth decay rate because more people are drinking bottled water, Nonetheless, the ADA wants people to be aware that if they drink bottled water as their primary source of water they could be missing the decay preventive effects of optimally fluoridated water available from their community water source.

Although there there is no standard for a minimum daily dietary requirement of fluoride, the recommended level of water fluoridation for those who favor the process is from 0.7 to 1.2 milligrams per liter. Experts agree that there essentially is no such thing as a fluoride-free diet, but addressed the question of whether or not using fluoridated toothpaste would be enough for someone who consumed no dietary fluoride.
Drinking fluoridated water is more effective than using toothpastes or mouth rinses that contain fluoride. Fluoride from toothpaste is only on the teeth for a short time, whereas consumption of fluoridated water allows fluoride to continually be delivered to the teeth through the blood-stream and saliva. Fluoride can therefore also be incorporated into teeth as they form in childhood.
Therefore, it’s important that parents buying bottled water for their family determine how much fluoride is
present in the water,

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