Bottled Water Causing Tooth Decay

Ashapalan

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phew

im tap water all the way, always have been, and as long as the north west keeps it's act together, i always will be
 

Blue Velvet

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So anything you eat or drink that doesn't contain fluoride is a cause of tooth decay... no kidding.

You may as well say aubergines contribute towards cavities.

Instead, why don't we just level our guns at the sugar industry -- surely a major contributor to tooth decay. Oh but wait, they run a massively expensive lobbying effort in Washington and elsewhere, so that's alright then.
 

emw

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Well, look at the bright side. This was the first health-related article where the iPod wasn't a culprit (as opposed to hearing loss, mental illness, etc.).
 

Lord Blackadder

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The Great Lakes region of the US (where I live) has some of the highest quality tap water in the world, so why would I want to pay for bottled stuff?

I figured when I saw the title that it would have something to do with the lack of fluoride.

Just brush your teeth, you'll be fine. :D
 

mpw

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Blue Velvet said:
...You may as well say aubergines contribute towards cavities...
That does it, I'm not eating aubergines any more, luckily my local grocer told me he has an alternative to aubergines when I spoke to him about this. Eggplants. They cost about 20% more but I gotta think of my teeth, aparently they taste just the same.
An d I'm gonna switch from bottle water to Coke too.
 

iJon

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My dentist has been saying this for a couple of years now with everyone getting filters on their water lines. It all reminds me of that episode of Penn Teller Bulls*** that has people tasting out different bottled waters, all being filled from a hose :)

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how strange. i've been a huge bottled water fan since 2001 (when i saw Paul Daniels at oldham Colosseum :D ), i brush my teeth just once a day and i've got no problems with my teeth.

what about tap water not containing other minerals? like calcium, magnesium, silicon? they have health benefits.

that said the water in here in Saddleworth (north west UK) is divine. they don't call it Springhead for nothing. we have our own spring in our garden but god knows where else its been on its way up
 

AppleAce

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ibook30 said:
I know folks who avoid tap water because it has flouride!
Flouride is (I'm told) technically a poison to the body !
Yeah, doesn't everybody know that water fluoridation is the most elaborately contrived communist plot to contaminate our precious bodily fluids? :rolleyes:
 

Applespider

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But didn't they start adding fluoride to water... so if it didn't cause problems before they started adding it, why is it so bad now?

For those who care about their teeth, childhood fluoride treatments and regular brushing will be fine. For those who don't, it's also unlikely that they gulp down gallons of fluorinated water daily either...

And let's face it, drinking bottled water is far better for your teeth than drinking anything with sugar (natural or not) in it.
 

mpw

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Applespider said:
...And let's face it, drinking bottled water is far better for your teeth than drinking anything with sugar (natural or not) in it.
Crap! You're saying sugar bad now too? :mad:

That's it. From now on it'll be water with my McDonalds, on health grounds.
 

rainman::|:|

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yes, there are definitely those that avoid fluoridated water. Fluoride is technically a very, very potent neurotoxin, capable of killing in small amounts. In smaller amounts, it's good at keeping enamel strong, of course. But considering how much the rate of cancer, for instance, has risen since fluoridation's inception, you can't call fluoride-avoiders crazy... there's really no proof at all that it's not harmful over time.

personally i avoid tap mostly because it tastes bad here.
 

mac-er

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Blue Velvet said:
So anything you eat or drink that doesn't contain fluoride is a cause of tooth decay... no kidding.

You may as well say aubergines contribute towards cavities.
I think the article is saying that people who aren't drinking tap water, but excusively bottled water are getting more tooth decay. There is a link.

However, cavities and tooth decay are also linked to heredity.
 

Blue Velvet

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mac-er said:
I think the article is saying that people who aren't drinking tap water, but excusively bottled water are getting more tooth decay. There is a link.

Yes, but saying that it causes tooth decay is disingenuous, making it sound like drinking mineral water is like drinking soda.

Perhaps fails to prevent would be a better choice of words.
 

devilot

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Blue Velvet said:
Perhaps fails to prevent would be a better choice of words.
Well said.

There are also fluoride rinses/ mouthwashes that you can purchase over the counter (OTC) at least here in the States. If anyone is curious, it's called ACT. Yup.

:edit: Here's a link to the ACT website. My dentist says that if you use this mouthwash you could actually halt minor cavaties and 'fix' them! :eek:
 

barneygumble

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I am only going to say this once, bottled water is astonishing waste of money, 10000% premium and substandard quality, when i get to work i will post an article if i can find it on bottled water, oh and i work for a water authority :D
We add things to water to make it healthy, fluoride is one of these things, having said that if you brush your teeth with flurodated toothpaste it probably won't help to much (read: do you all buy non-flurodated toothpaste becasue it might hurt you?), bottled water company's make a fortune of sub-standard products.
 

satty

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Flouridation conspiracy

It just reminds me of Dr. Strangelove...


General Jack D. Ripper: Mandrake, do you realize that in addition to fluoridating water, why, there are studies underway to fluoridate salt, flour, fruit juices, soup, sugar, milk... ice cream. Ice cream, Mandrake, children's ice cream.
Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake: Lord, Jack.
General Jack D. Ripper: You know when fluoridation first began?
Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake: I... no, no. I don't, Jack.
General Jack D. Ripper: Nineteen hundred and forty-six. Nineteen forty-six, Mandrake. How does that coincide with your post-war Commie conspiracy, huh? It's incredibly obvious, isn't it? A foreign substance is introduced into our precious bodily fluids without the knowledge of the individual. Certainly without any choice. That's the way your hard-core Commie works.
 

Blue Velvet

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barneygumble said:
I am only going to say this once, bottled water is astonishing waste of money...
Maybe the water is lovely to drink where you live.

London tap water is a bit ropy and leaves an aftertaste in your mouth... I use a water filter for drinking water at home -- makes a huge difference.
 

highres

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broken_keyboard said:
Maybe someone should offer flouridated bottled water?
Thanks but no thanks. Flouridated water was put on the local agenda here and was soundly voted down. Let's save flouride for brushing our teeth in the morning, not cooking our pasta. :D
 

satty

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Blue Velvet said:
Maybe the water is lovely to drink where you live.

London tap water is a bit ropy and leaves an aftertaste in your mouth... I use a water filter for drinking water at home -- makes a huge difference.
Sometimes I also have the feeling that it (London tap water) is yellow-ish. Also with that many leaks in the London grid I am not too sure about the quality.

I know in Germany the standards for tap water is higher than bottled water.
 
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