16. March 2010 04:49
CAVITIES ON THE RISE - DUE TO WHAT?
A product that most people consider to be healthy is actually increasing the prevalence of dental decay among children and adults. For the first time in many years, cavity rates are up and many dentists are reporting that adult patients who didn’t appear to be cavity-prone are showing up with decay around existing fillings and crowns. Decay is increasing significantly in otherwise healthy teeth - something that for a while has seemed pretty rare in adults. The culprit? Many researchers believe it is bottled water. While most of us know that drinking sugar loaded soft drinks and their sneaky cousins, the “sports drink,” can lead to dental disaster, we often forget that unlike tap water, bottled water does not contain fluoride.
The CDC reports that bottled water has become so prevalent in the diets of American children and adults that many are not getting the recommended amounts of fluoride. According to the International Bottle Water Association, bottled water consumption has recently doubled and the average American now drinks thirty gallons per year. Believing that is healthier, many patients are not only having their children drink bottled water, they are preparing baby formula with it too. So the million dollar question is - what should we do? Simple, we suggest you drink tap water whenever possible. Not only will you save money, you will be doing your teeth a big favor! Of course make sure you brush with a fluoride toothpaste and floss every day. If you have water that is not fluoridated (such as well water) or for some other reason are not getting the fluoride you need, please stop in for a quick visit. Many times we recommend special rinses or prescription fluoride so you can keep your teeth cavity free! Please discuss any concerns you may have with Dr. Rector or Dr. Marshall. Our fantastic hygienists ; Mary, Jill, Cindy, and Tammy are also great sources for your questions and concerns.
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