Are You Getting Enough Fluoride?
If you drink bottled water instead of tap water, you may not be getting enough fluoride. Some bottled water does not contain fluoride. You can contact the manufacturer of your bottled water to find out.1
Fluoride flows right out of the tap in the homes of most Americans. This mineral protects against tooth decay.2 People whose local water is not fluoridated can buy supplements. For children 6 years and younger, consult your dentist or physician before having them use fluoride supplements. These supplements can cause white spots to appear on your child’s teeth.3
Even if your tap water is fluoridated, fluoride-containing toothpastes and mouth rinses also can help fight cavities.3
1“Fact Sheet on Questions About Bottled Water and Fluoride.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, February 25, 2008. www.cdc.gov/FLUORIDATION/fact_sheets/bottled_water.htm. Accessed 2008.
2“Benefits – Community Water Fluoridation – Oral Health.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, August 9, 2007. www.cdc.gov/fluoridation/benefits.htm. Accessed 2008.
3“Other Fluoride Products – Community Water Fluoridation – Oral Health.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, August 9, 2007. www.cdc.gov/fluoridation/other.htm. Accessed 2008.