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Here’s Why Kids Benefit From Drinking Tap Water

By Jill Feilmeier on February 7, 2017 in Kid's Health

Here's Why Kids Benefit From Drinking Tap Water

Water is essential to you and your child's health, as it maintains normal body temperature, helps your body get rid of waste and lubricates joints. Just as an engine needs oil in order to function, your body needs water. But what kind of water is best for your body and smile?

The Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation is committed to making sure that by 2020—every Iowa child living in a household below 300% of the federal poverty level—is cavity-free. And a healthy smile can start with something as simple as drinking tap water.

February is Children's Dental Health Month, and this year's theme is “Choose Tap Water for a Sparkling Smile.” Here's why we want you to drink up the benefits:

Tap water is fluoridated.

Fluoride is essential for good oral health. Drinking fluoridated water prevents tooth decay and can result in fewer or less severe cavities. Fluoride is found in most American homes; with more than 75% of the population being served via community water systems. If you're a bottled water sipper, re-think your drink! Bottled water that is labeled as de-ionized, purified, demineralized or distilled contains little to no fluoride.

Tap water is healthier than other alternatives.

Alternative options to water are usually juice, soda or milk, all of which contain sugar. Consuming sugar produces acid buildup in the mouth, which breaks down enamel, making it easier for cavities to form and teeth to decay. Excess amounts of sugar can also result in obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure. Swapping out the sugary drinks for tap water will help your child maintain a healthy mouth and body.

Tap water can save you money.

Drinking tap water over bottled beverages can save you money from your grocery budget all the way to the dentist's chair. Because it is fluoridated, tap water protects your family from cavities and tooth decay, which can help prevent larger expenses – like filling cavities – down the road. On a large scale, community water fluoridation has been shown to be worth the investment, resulting in cost savings.

A commitment to choosing tap water can result in bigger smiles, healthier bodies and cost savings, bringing us one step closer to a cavity-free Iowa.

Learn more about Iowa's Community Water Fluoridation Initiative.