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Could bottled water be causing tooth decay?
Updated: 3/21/2012 7:00:25 PM

Could bottled water be causing tooth decay?  

Recent studies have found that more children are coming to the dentist with mouths full of cavities, leading many dental health professionals to wonder why. Recently, MSNBC published an article explaining that the cause of these cavities may be a surprising one - bottled water.

According to the news source, more parents have been giving their children bottled water instead of tap, which may be contributing to rising tooth decay rates in children. This is because bottled water, unlike tap water, does not contain an flouride. According to the American Dental Association, fluoride is a safe and effective substance that helps prevent tooth decay in both children and adults.

"You should brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, see the dentist twice a year for fluoride treatment and get fluoride in your drinking water," said Jonathan Shenkin, spokesman on pediatric dentistry for the American Dental Association, quoted by MSNBC. "If you’re not getting it in your drinking water, that takes out a component of the effectiveness of that triad."

The news source added that there have yet to be any studies associating bottled water with tooth decay and the subject of water fluoridation has been a controversial one, as some individuals worry that too much of the substance is being added to water. 

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