Bottled water manufacturers proclaim their bottled water products to be “clean” and “pure,” but not every brand of bottled water contains a very important ingredient: fluoride. fluoride is voluntarily added to the majority of public water supplies in the U.S. to help reduce dental cavity risk.
However, the choice to add fluoride to bottled water is left up to the manufacturer’s discretion, and most bottled water manufacturers do not add this valuable cavity fighting compound. Dental experts are concerned that with so many people ditching tap water and reaching for bottled water (approximately 8.4 billion gallons a year) people opting for bottled water will experience more cavities and worse dental hygiene.
And the trend of more cavities and poorer dental health will most likely intensify children, according to Dr. Burton Edelstein, president of the Children’s Dental Health Project in Washington, D.C. Edelstein described the rising rate of tooth decay in children as “alarming.”
Given the behavior of U.S. parents, the trend of moving away from tap water to bottled water may continue. A recent survey published in the journal Pediatric Dentistry found 70 percent of parents give their children bottled water, either in place of or alongside tap water, citing bottled water convenience and bottled water taste preference. Fear of tap water contamination was also given as a reason.
Drinking too much water can have other detrimental effects other than a shortage of sleep: water intoxication, or hyponatremia, in which there is not enough salt in the body’s fluids outside the cells, can lead to serious health problems, and even death.