Water is a key player in your oral health for a number of reasons. It rids your mouth of leftover food particles that can harbor bacteria, helps fight off dry mouth, and often contains fluoride. You may think that all water is the same, but there’s actually quite a bit of variation in the most common types of water. Read on to learn more about the different types of water and how each of them can affect your teeth.
1. Tap Water
If you’re searching for the most tooth-friendly option, water straight from the tap is your answer. Many cities add vitamins and minerals to your tap water in an effort to improve its health benefits. Among these added minerals is fluoride. Fluoride, a natural mineral, is proven to strengthen the enamel of your teeth and aid in cavity prevention.
2. Filtered Water
If you are drinking tap water through a filtration system, it’s possible that your filter is removing some of the beneficial fluoride. But some systems work to filter the fluoride out at first then add it back in, or they only remove trace amounts. Therefore, if you’re considering a filtration system, make sure you do ample research before incorporating one into your household.
3. Bottled Water
If you’re someone who frequently drinks bottled water, be aware that most brands don’t contain fluoride in their formulas. However, for those who prefer the convenience or taste of bottled water, consider adding a fluoridated toothpaste or mouthwash into your daily oral hygiene routine. We also offer highly-concentrated fluoride treatments at your routine exams!
Which Is Best?
We recommend you stick with tap water whenever possible or a filtration system that removes only a little bit of fluoride. Additionally, incorporate fluoride into your daily dental hygiene routine and attend your biannual cleanings with Pier Dental Centre so we can effectively monitor your oral health. Contact us for additional tips to have superb oral health or to schedule your next appointment at our North Vancouver dental office!