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Bottled water may contain insufficient amounts of fluoride
Updated: 8/3/2012 6:00:02 AM

Bottled water may contain insufficient amounts of fluoride  

Individuals who drink bottled water often probably do so to avoid unwanted substances that may be in their local tap water. However, some experts have been calling for people to ditch the bottles in exchange for the water from their kitchen to promote good dental health. That's because, according to these individuals, bottled water is missing one very important ingredient: fluoride.

According to the American Dental Association (ADA), fluoride is a substance that is naturally present in the water. Many local governments add more fluoride to the drinking water, because studies have shown that it helps protect teeth from decay. Some individuals are skeptical of fluoride and choose not to consume tap water because of its presence in it, but the ADA fully supports fluoridation.

"There are no [U.S.] Food and Drug Administration requirements that the amount of fluoride be labeled on bottled water unless it has been added during processing. This leaves consumers in the dark about the fluoride content of the bottled water they consume," said Jonathan Shenkin, D.D.S., an American Dental Association spokesman, quoted by HealthDay.

The dentist added that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention called fluoridation one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century, so people should do their research before they choose bottled water over tap.

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