Cavities On The Rise – Due To WHAT?

Something that most people consider to be healthy is actually causing an increase in dental cavities among children and many adults.

The culprit? Many believe it is bottled water. While most of us know the dangers of drinking sugar loaded soft drinks and their sneaky cousins, the “sports drink,” we often don’t remember that bottled water is replacing the fluoride fortified tap water that exists just about everywhere in North America. The Centers for Disease Control reports that bottled water has become so prevalent in the diets of Americans that many are not getting the proper amount of fluoride they need to keep their teeth healthy.

According to the International Bottled Water Association (sounds like a wild and crazy group) – bottled water consumption has recently doubled and the average American now drinks thirty gallons per year! Believing that it is healthier, many parents are not only having their kids drink bottled water, they are preparing baby formula with it too! Even bottled water that is basically tap water in a fancy container is micro-filtered, a process that can remove fluoride.

At Dr Philip Cole and Dr Robert Stanford’s dental office it is our goal to keep your smile beautiful and your teeth cavity-free. Drinking tap water instead of bottled water whenever possible will not only save you money and keep millions of plastic bottles out of landfills, it can help you keep your teeth healthy!

Should you have any questions about this or any other dental related topic, including the latest ways to give you a beautiful smile, please contact us at 708-460-3040 or visit us at We look forward to seeing you soon!