Is there fluoride in bottled water you’re giving your loved ones?

fluoride in bottled water

Have you ever wondered if the bottled water you drink is better for your dental health than tap water? Is there fluoride in bottled water? Does it have the necessary fluoride we need to keep our teeth healthy and strong? The United States started adding fluoride to tap water in 1945. They discovered that children living in areas that had naturally occurring fluoride in their drinking water had healthier, stronger teeth with less incidence of cavities.

With the trend shifting towards drinking bottled water versus tap, are we no longer getting any of the benefits fluoride offers by drinking only bottled water?

In 1999 the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention listed water fluoridation as one of the ten great public health achievements of the 20th century.Many bottled water labels do not offer information regarding whether fluoride has been added.  However, certain bottle water brands may contain fluoride, depending on the source of the water. This is because fluoride can be found naturally in lakes and rivers.  A higher percentage of fluoride is usually found in volcanic or mountainous sources. The amount of fluoride in bottled water will vary from manufacturer to manufacturer based on the source of their water.

So how can you find out if your bottled water contains fluoride?  Here are a few simple ways:

  • Bottles labeled as de-ionized, purified, de-mineralized, or distilled contain almost no, or only trace amounts of, fluoride.
  • Check the ingredients. Some bottles are labeled to show fluoride has been added.
  • Call the manufacturing company.  You can call the source directly.  Most companies offer a customer service phone number right on the bottle.

So whether you drink bottled water or tap, the best way to ensure you are getting enough fluoride is good oral hygiene choices.  Select a toothpaste and mouthwash that contain fluoride.  Brush and floss regularly. Visit your dentist for regular check ups and cleanings. In Albuquerque contact Dr. Alicia Abeyta, DDS.