Don’t Drink The Water!
Welcome to another edition of our dental blog.
It is hard to believe that October is upon us already.
But with autumn in Hoover, Alabama, we certainly have plenty of reasons to smile.
That’s why the team here at Perrigo Dental Care wants your teeth to always be healthy and camera-ready.
We are a family dental practice offering a wide range of solutions, including preventative cleanings, porcelain veneers, dental implants, dentures, tooth extractions, treatments for cavities, and much more.
Because we treat cavities, we take decay seriously and we know that prevention is always a better way for you to go.
The best prevention comes from good hygiene habits at home, regular trips to the dentist, and being mindful of what you drink.
You are probably thinking that we must mean that we want you to avoid sodas and such.
Well, we do.
But we really want you to steer clear of bottled water whenever tap water is an option.
A Revolution In Oral Health
No one, except maybe your dentist, gets excited about tap water these days.
As a whole, we seem to take our access to fluoride for granted.
But there was a time when disease and decay were causing a major oral health crisis in this country.
It wasn’t until the middle of the 20th century that the government got involved to effect change on this front.
The fluoridation of public water sources was the big idea that made all the difference in the mouths of millions.
For decades, the reported numbers of cavities and tooth decay in this country began to drop and the oral health of our population began to improve.
Recently, the statistics have shown a disturbing surge in cavities, however.
This seems to be correlated to the rise of bottled water consumption in the United States.
Can Store-Bought Water Be Bad For You?
Don’t worry, it isn’t the water in the bottles that is causing cavities.
It is the lack of fluoride that is supposed to add another layer of protection.
In Hoover, AL our public water supply is full of the fluoride that helps keep your mouth healthy.
Unfortunately, you aren’t getting that benefit out of store-bought bottled water.
The Appeal Of Bottled Water
Bottled water is in every drug store, gas station, supermarket, and beverage vending machine in town.
So, it is easy to get.
Plus, it has been passed off as something more pure and better tasting than local water.
And it is cheap.
Not surprisingly, it has grown into a billion dollar industry in this country.
At Perrigo Dental Care, we don’t believe the hype.
Water tastes like water to us and it is the public water that is actually regulated for purity.
What’s more, you can get public tap water and all its oral health benefits for free.
The American Dental Association has noted that simply by drinking tap water, all Americans can benefit from cavity protection whether they are at home, work or school.
We are extremely lucky in that respect.
It is our hope that you will agree and not take this luxury for granted.
Don’t be afraid to enjoy a bottled water once in a while, but please don’t make a habit of ignoring the tap either!
Perrigo Dental Care Is Here For You
The team here at Perrigo Dental Care wants you to keep your teeth and gums healthy and clean by drinking plenty of tap water, keeping up with your home hygiene practices, and visiting the dentist every 3-6 months.
Contact our Hoover, AL dental office today to schedule your next preventative appointment!