Bottled Water Is Nothing To Smile About
Welcome back to our St. Petersburg, Florida dental blog!
At the practice of Jeffery A. Spilman DDS, our focus is always on the oral health of our patients.
We offer a wide range of services, in our office on 5th Avenue, including emergency dental work, as well as cosmetic, restorative, and general dentistry.
Our St. Petersburg, FL dental team will also keep you educated in between visits with these blog posts.
We think that it is worth mentioning that we have noticed cavities and decay to be increasingly common in this country, after years of decline.
Even if you are diligent about hygiene habits at home and going to see your dentist every 6 months, you might be putting yourself at risk if you aren’t drinking enough Florida tap water.
A 20th Century Watershed Moment
During the last century, the first half at least, oral health in St. Petersburg was nothing to brag about.
Don’t feel bad, it was a terrible situation in cities throughout the U.S.
Decay was destroying the smiles of children everywhere.
And most parents didn’t know how to make it any better.
This set the stage for something remarkable to happen.
Mid-way through the 20th century, the fluoridation of public water sources began under the watchful eye of the federal government.
Fluoride, as you may know, is a natural element that provides protection from tooth decay.
Once the floodgates opened, so to speak, we witnessed a major change for the better.
Cavities became more and more scarce and the average citizen’s oral health improved significantly
This happened year after year as the numbers dropped and remained low.
But then the tides shifted abruptly in recent years and cavities have been on the rise ever since.
This was bad news for many reasons and it left a lot of us scratching our heads.
But then studies pinpointed just what had changed.
The recent increase in tooth decay is directly correlated to the rapid rise in bottled water sales and consumption by Americans.
Plastic Is Not So Fantastic
Bottled water causes cavities?
That would be quite a headline.
In actuality, it isn’t the water in the bottles that is causing cavities to make a comeback in this country.
It is what’s not in the bottles that is causing all the trouble, namely fluoride.
As we mentioned, it is our St. Petersburg, FL public water supply that is full of the fluoride that helps keep your mouth healthy and free of cavities.
Plus, it doesn’t cost you anything and you don’t have to leave home to get it.
What’s more, it is just as refreshing as anything out of a bottle, in spite of what you might have been conditioned to think.
And there won’t be any hidden environmental costs tacked on, either.
We can assure you that disposable plastic containers don’t just disappear when you are done drinking the water inside.
Still, enjoying a bottled water is not a crime, and it won’t cause you much harm if you are only doing it every once in awhile.
But if you neglect your faucet day after day, your oral health will likely pay the price.
The American Dental Association has stated that simply by drinking tap water, everyone in America can benefit from an effective defense against tooth decay whether they are at home, work or school.
So, be sure to stay hydrated this fall by drinking plenty of water, just get it from your St. Petersburg public tap.
The Team At Jeffery A. Spilman DDS Is Looking Out For You
Our team wants you to keep your teeth healthy and clean by drinking tap water on top of brushing and flossing twice each day.
We also want you visit our office every 6 months for preventative teeth cleanings and dental exams.
Contact our St. Petersburg, FL office today to schedule your next appointment!