Bottled Water May be Linked to Tooth Decay in Children

It is not uncommon that parents show up at the dentist with their 6 or 7 year old, and the dentist finds as many as four cavities that need to be filled.

Now, most of the parents would be shocked at the news, and they would not know what has caused these cavities, since the child does not even eat sweets in excess and the child follows a strict oral health regimen every day.

Government health officials and dentists raise the awareness that bottled water is the one that might be causing the tooth decay complications of your child.

Therefore, they suggest that parents should give their child tap water, because this contains fluoride, which protects against the cavities. Bottled water does not contain a sufficient amount of fluoride, so it is actually not protecting the oral health of your child; in fact, it seems it is doing more harm than good.

According to spokesman on pediatric dentistry for the ADA (American Dental Association), Jonathan D. Shenkin, fluoride is an extremely important ingredient that promotes a healthy smile.

It is important to brush the teeth at last twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste, visit the dentist every six months for a fluoride treatment and drink water that is fluoridated.

According to a recent study published in the Archives of Pediatrics, around 45% of the parents give bottled water to their little ones. Another study published in the Pediatric Dentistry journal reveals that a whooping 70% of the parents give bottled water to their children, even though sometimes they mix the bottled water with tap water. According to the study, 65% of the parents had no idea what was the fluoride content in the bottled water they gave their children.

Recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that 42% of the US kids between the ages of 2 and 11 were found with dental cavities in their baby teeth.

The children involved in the studies came from both low income and high income families. Moreover, kids from high income families have been found to have a greater prevalence of tooth decay. Some researchers pondered upon the idea that perhaps these children are consuming more unhealthy beverages such as sports drinks, sodas or sugary juices.

It is extremely important to mention that there are no studies existent, which make a clear and documented connection between the consumption of bottled water and dental decay.

These affirmations are only at a speculative level, but more and more scientists and medical professionals agree that there might be a link between the two, based on analyzing data and statistics from different medical sources.