In 2015, you can walk down any street in Concord — or almost anywhere in the U.S., for that matter — and see people toting around bottles of water. While we’ve all heard about the proven benefits of adequate water consumption, drinking from a plastic bottle may have its downsides as well. As you prepare to dive into summer weather this May, consider the effects of bottled water on your teeth.
- Encourages hydration
- Hydration prevents problems with oral and overall health
Water is essential to both your dental and overall health. Swishing water around your mouth before brushing loosens food particles trapped between teeth for easier, more thorough removal. Drinking plenty of water prevents the dehydration that causes dry mouth. This condition leaves teeth vulnerable to plaque, which can damage your oral and general health.
Plaque harms tooth enamel, which can’t be regenerated. When allowed to remain on the teeth, it also causes tartar. The dastardly duo of plaque and tartar can come together and irritate the gums, possibly causing inflammation of the gums and the bones that support them. Inflammation in the mouth has even been linked to both dementia and heart attacks.
- Plastic leaches BPAs and other chemicals
- Bottled water often contains tap water
The habit of carting around bottled water is healthy in the sense that it promotes water consumption. However, most of the bottled water we purchase comes in bottles containing Bisphenol A (BPA). This chemical is controversial due to links with a host of health issues. The Environmental Protection Agency does not consider BPA a health risk, but the FDA has banned it from use in baby bottles. Bottled water can also be expensive, especially when you consider the abundance of tap water. To add insult to injury, some bottled waters actually contain tap water.
If you’re like many Concord residents concerned about their dental health, you may be wondering whether bottled water has a place in your lifestyle in 2015. Weigh the options, and if you’re still uncertain, ask your dentist’s opinion during your May checkup.