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Q: What are the benefits of drinking tap water?

Posted July 17, 2013 in Advice Column, Ankeny

A: Drinking an appropriate amount of water when it’s hot helps us regulate our body temperature, replace the fluids we lose while sweating and avoid heat-related illnesses. Although bottled water seems like the most convenient way to rehydrate, Ankeny dentist Dr. Erika Peddicord discusses the benefits of good old tap water:

• It’s cheaper. A 16-ounce bottle of water can cost anywhere from 70 cents to $2. A gallon of tap water costs approximately one cent.

• It’s just as convenient. Reusable aluminum or plastic bottles or insulated cold beverage mugs are widely available at a low cost at your local megamart. Buy several, fill them from the tap, pop them in the fridge, and you’ve got cold, clean water anytime you want.

• It’s better for your smile. Most municipal water supplies in the U.S. are fluoridated. Fluoridated water is completely safe and, according to the Centers for Diseas Control, reduces your risk for developing cavities by about 25 percent. Bottled water is regulated differently from municipal water supplies and it’s often difficult to determine whether a particular brand of bottled water contains optimal levels of fluoride.

In addition to drinking tap water, your dentist can provide fluoride treatments for children and adults to further minimize the risk of tooth decay. To schedule a checkup with Dr. Peddicord and talk to her about preventing cavities, please call our office at (515) 963-3339.

Information provided by Dr. Erika Peddicord, Peddicord Family Dentistry, 121 N.E. 18th St., Suite C, 963-3339.

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