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Some Water Is Better Than Others For Your Smile

Some Water Is Better Than Others For Your Smile

Welcome back to our Clearwater, Florida oral health blog!

At Clearwater Dental Associates, we want to keep your family moving forward in regards to a healthy mouth and a beautiful smile.

When you step into our newly remodeled office, on Druid Road, you’ll know you’re in a state-of-the-art dental facility designed to give you the best possible care.

Here, we are proud to feature some of the most advanced technology in the field, like digital X-rays, high-tech intraoral cameras, and cutting-edge cosmetic techniques.

When you think about it, dentistry has come a long way in a relatively short time.

That’s why we would never want to return to the not-so-good old days when treatment options were limited, fillings could only be fashioned from awkward metals, and fluoride had not yet been made available to the masses.

We Tried To Make Things Better For All Americans

We tend to take our access to fluoride for granted these days.

But not so long ago there was a time in the U.S. when most mouths were filled with decay.

Our collective oral health (or lack thereof) was alarming.

That all began to change in the middle of the 20th century when the government got behind an ongoing project that focused on the fluoridation of public water supplies.

This made all the difference.

It wasn’t long before the reported numbers of cavities in this country began to drop.

The numbers have remained low until recently when decay began to make a comeback.

This might surprise you.

But we have learned that the recent rise in cavities and tooth decay seems to be correlated to the rise of bottled water consumption in recent decades.

Is Water Really Bad For Your Teeth?

How could bottled water be bad for your teeth?

Isn’t it better than grabbing a soda pop or an energy drink?

Yes, it is definitely better than consuming a sugary beverage, and it is only bad for you in that it robs you of oral health benefits.

Remember, here in Clearwater, FL our public water supply is full of the fluoride that helps keep your mouth healthy.

You aren’t getting that protection from cavities out of bottled water.

Bottled Water Is Hard To Avoid

Bottled water is omnipresent.

In recent years, it has become a billion dollar business.

It is cheap, and easy to get.

What’s more, it has been portrayed as something more pure and better tasting.

We don’t agree.

The bottled water industry doesn’t have federal regulations that dictate its purity levels like the ones in place to protect public water.

Beyond that, water tastes like water, right?

Why would you pay any amount of money for something that you could get for free at home?

Plus, the at-home version has added health benefits in the form of fluoride, and doesn’t come in plastic packaging that can be harmful to the environment.

Keep It In Perspective

It’s not that bottled water is the devil.

Having one every now and again won’t cause much damage.

But we are extremely lucky to have fluoride at our fingertips in this country.

The American Dental Association has noted that simply by drinking tap water, all Americans can benefit from cavity protection whether they are at home, work or school.

It couldn’t be any easier!

What’s more, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention named community water fluoridation as one of the top public health accomplishments of the 20th century.

And it was!

Think about the way things used to be the next time you get thirsty.

We think you’ll get the picture.

Clearwater Dental Associates Is Your Prevention Partner

The team here at Clearwater Dental Associates wants you to keep your teeth and gums healthy and clean by drinking plenty of Florida tap water, keeping up with your hygiene, and visiting the dentist often.

Contact our Clearwater, FL dental office today to schedule your next preventative appointment!