Body Tip Riddled with cavities even though you don’t eat sweets? Your bottled water could be to blame. Choose tap water with fluoride instead.

If cavities plague your household even though you’ve placed a moratorium on junk food, you might want to take a look at your drinking habits. Choosing bottled water instead of tap water with fluoride may increase the risk of tooth decay. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “bottled water may not have a sufficient amount of fluoride, which is important for preventing tooth decay and promoting oral health.” If you like the convenience of bottled water, install a water filtration system on your tap and bottle that water instead. In addition to drinking water with fluoride, be sure to brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, floss daily, and visit your dentist for regular cleanings. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, gum disease has been linked to other chronic inflammatory conditions, like diabetes, heart disease and Alzheimer’s. Keeping your chompers healthy can help protect the rest of your body as well.

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