Water is essential to the health of our teeth and our bodies. It allows your kidneys to filter your blood and acts as a vehicle to feed your muscles with electrolytes. It’s also great for healthy saliva production! Check out our past post to learn more about why saliva is crucial to your oral health.
Making a lifestyle change to stay hydrated is a smart choice, and bottled water is convenient. Just buy a big case from the grocery store, and all you need to do is grab and go. However, this is where the positive points end.
Compared to tap water, bottled water is tremendously more expensive–about 3,000 times more, according to Food & Water Watch. In addition, plastic water bottles are hard on the planet and do not provide essential nutrients you need to keep your teeth healthy.
Four Reasons to Choose Tap, Not Bottled Water
Reason 1: Bottled Water Doesn’t Contain Fluoride
Most cities in the U.S. add fluoride to the tap water. Fluoride is a crucial mineral that helps protect your teeth and strengthen them against decay. Dentists recommend taking it internally, as a supplement or in tap water; and externally, using a fortified toothpaste or mouth rinse.
Most bottled water does not contain fluoride, but most tap water does! To make sure your city adds this cavity-fighting nutrient to the water supply, click here.
Reason 2: Tap Water Doesn’t Taste Any Different Than Bottled Water
Many people who drink bottled water say they do so because they claim it tastes better, but this effect is likely purely psychological. A study conducted by ABC News had blind testers rank tap water against various brands of bottled water. Public tap water won the taste test with flying colors!
Reason 3: Bottled Water Produces Tons of Waste
Drinking a bottle of water may take a few hours, but your bottle will be around long after that. Plastic bottles take 450 years to even begin to decompose, and only 23% of plastic bottles are recycled.
Reason 4: Bottled Water Is More Expensive
Of all the negative points of bottled water, your wallet may take the hardest blow. Tap water costs an average of $0.005 per gallon, compared to $9.47 for a gallon of bottled water. If you were to use bottled water to meet the recommended 8 glasses a day, this would set you back $1,400 per year. Drinking 8 glasses of tap water on the other hand, costs $0.49 per year.
Do your body, your wallet, and the planet a favor and carry a reusable water bottle, instead of drinking bottled water.