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More discussion ensues on the connection between bottled water and tooth decay
Updated: 3/23/2012 7:00:21 PM

More discussion ensues on the connection between bottled water and tooth decay  

Tooth decay is a major problem in the U.S., especially among children. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, although cavities are preventable, they are the they remain the most common chronic disease among children aged 6 to 11 and adolescents aged 12 to 19.

Recently, MSNBC published an article discussing how some dentists have begun associating rising levels of tooth decay among children to the fact that more parents are giving their kids bottled water instead of tap. The former does not have any added fluoride to promote dental health, while tap water does.

In response to this, the Bangor Daily News, a Maine information provider, reported that local dentist Jonathan Shenkin recently went on national television to discuss this issue.

"We’re finding out that as more children are given bottled water instead of fluoridated tap water, we are returning to higher cavity levels," said Shenkin, quoted by the news source. "Parents are often surprised when they bring their children and the children have dental decay. It’s becoming a national problem."

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