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Despite some Americans reaching for bottled water instead of a can of soda, one national organization is suggesting people are missing out on the natural dental health benefits of tap water in the process.
The Academy of General Dentistry recently published a study in its peer-reviewed journal stating that people were "missing out on the valuable fluoride found in tap water, which helps to protect teeth from cavities."
AGD researchers reportedly tested the fluoride content of 105 different samples of bottled water and found that the majority fell below the U.S. government's recommended range.
Doctor of dental surgery and lead author of the study Ryan L. Quock said patients should speak to their dentist about where they get their drinking water.
"Determining if they are drinking appropriately fluoridated water, especially when they have or are at risk for cavities, is crucial information, because fluoridated water is an automatic way for them to help improve their oral health," Quock said. "Talking to them also allows us to have a conversation about fluoride's effects, mainly focusing on its relationship to dental caries and fluorosis."
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