But Americans have no shortage of safe water to drink, and during National Children’s Dental Health Month, we want to remind kids and adults why dentists LOVE tap water!
- Tap water is inexpensive. The average cost per gallon of bottled water is $1.21 per gallon; the average cost of tap water is $2 per every thousand gallons!
- Municipal water systems add fluoride to the drinking water. Fluoride in water has been studied for 70 years and it has been found that an optimal level of fluoride in community water is safe and effectively prevents tooth decay in both children and adults.
- Sweetened drinks, such as fruit juice, sports drinks and sodas are expensive, full of sugar and contribute to tooth decay. Fluoridated tap water helps prevent tooth decay (along with brushing with fluoride toothpaste and flossing).
- The standards for bottled water in the United States are exactly the same as those for tap water, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, but bottled water isn’t subject to the same reporting standards as municipal water systems under the Safe Drinking Water Act. Under the Safe Drinking Water Act, municipal water systems must send a consumer confidence report to users every year, which tells them where their water comes from and whether it meets federal standards.
- Drinking tap water is just more environmentally friendly. Plastic, even if it’s BPA free, has plenty of toxins laced into it that can leach into the environment and may cause hormone disruptions in your body. Plastic is not really biodegradable, and how good are you about recycling?Get excited about drinking tap water! Buy yourself an environmentally friendly water bottle, a water filter for your faucet if you want to remove some sediment and chemicals, and “Choose Tap Water for a Sparkling Smile!”