For an ear-to-ear pleasant smile, it is important to keep up with the health of your teeth. We have heard that drinking water is always good for our health. And why not? Our body is made up of 60% of water. Staying hydrated keeps our metabolism sound and helps us to sustain a longer life. Well, drinking water isn’t just good for having healthy skin, stomach, in fact, water is one of the best things you can do for your teeth’s wellness– especially if it’s fluoridated Drinking water with fluoride (called “nature’s cavity fighter”). It is one of the easiest and most beneficial things you can do to help prevent cavities.
The thing you rarely care about is that whatever you eat and drink it drastically & directly affects your teeth. From how they’ll look to when you need to see the dentist. All ends up taking care of what you drink. Sure, most people know that soda isn’t great for teeth, but even the type of water you drink can affect your dental health.
Read out to find the effect of these different types of water on your dental health.
1. Bottled Water
Considering a billion of population India is the largest country without any access to clean water. Though the concept of bottled water in Western countries picked up in early 1900, Indian Elite first tasted it only in 70”s [as it was difficult to gulp down the fact by an average Indian that water was up for sale!!
Growth in tourism, opened up Indian economy, rapid urbanization [ 33% of India is considered urban] shortage and improper quality of drinking water saw a spurt of growth in bottled water, all over the country in early 90”s. Till that time, a bottle of drinking water meant good old packed in PVC bottle. Now, it’s booming at a higher rate.
From research firm Mintel said.
“This growth is being driven by rising incomes, consumer concerns over hygiene, and convenience needs, particularly when out of the home,” said Alex Beckett, associate director for food and drinks at Mintel.
The pain point—
Bottled water is considered as a food product by the Food and Drug Administration, and FDA standards for bottled water aren’t as strict as you might think. In addition, bottled water is susceptible to bacteria, viruses once you break the seal, especially if it’s allowed to warm up to room temperature.
Most bottled water lacks essentials minerals, a vital part of dental health, which you will get from the tap water. Because of this, if you drink mostly bottled water, you may want to consider adding a fluoride supplement to your diet. Adding a supplement allows you to keep up with your oral health, while still drinking the water you want.
Meanwhile, a recent study published by the State University of New York found particles of plastic present in bottled water brands the world over, including those sold in India. But thirsty Indians are going to keep wanting more of them anyway. The category is projected to grow at over 20% for the next five years, according to Euromonitor.
2. Tap Water
The majority of towns and cities in the country offers tap water that gives you the vitamins and minerals you need without negatively affecting your health.
A World Resources Report says:
About 70 per cent of India’s water supply is seriously polluted with sewage effluents. The UN reported that India’s water quality is poor – it ranks 120th among 122 nations in terms of quality of water available to its citizens.
Usually, Tap water that comes into your home from local sources contains various minerals as they come already treated from the municipality. All this seems good until a certain time passes by or the season changes. Considering the case of the rainy season when the water that travels through the pipes and taps get polluted because of rust, soil and other inclusion of water pollutants.
The World Health Organisation reported that of the 10 million annual deaths in India, 7.8 lakh are due to lack of basic health care amenities like the effective sewage system, safe drinking water supply, elementary sanitary facilities and hygienic condition
The Environmental Protection Agency has determined that—
“There are a number of chemicals, vitamins, and minerals that are essential to tap water. They help maintain the overall health of the water and those who drink it. Some of the additions to your tap water include fluoride can improve oral health and chlorine to kill bacteria.”
Changes in the colour of your teeth may be subtle and happen gradually. Some yellow colour may be inevitable. It happens usually when you consume the excess of fluoride in your water. Besides from drinking water, if you have poor oral health habits, your teeth can rapidly turn yellow, brown or even black. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t get your teeth white again by whitening them yourself.
3. RO Water
In this time of new-age contaminants, drinking water directly from the tap can be harmful. Not just for your tooth but for your health. Especially if you get water of 500ppm and above then it is advised from the most of experts to install an RO water purifier in your home.
This water that comes from the tap is devoid of all chemicals, vitamins, and minerals. Some are in excess whereas others are in a lesser amount. Water that is purified from RO is considered by some to be the purest type of water. While distilled water is not harmful to your body or health overall, it certainly isn’t going to do your teeth any favours. As with other types of water, if you choose to drink RO water, you’re going to have to do some extra work to protect your teeth. Otherwise, you’re opening yourself up to cavities and tooth decay.
Also, I would like to add one more point here that water that comes out from the RO purification is lesser in minerals. It is because RO purification kills the essential mineral along with highly advanced viruses and bacteria. So, it’s always better to have RO but along with TDS controller which will purify as well as help RO system to deliver you with essential minerals.
Although putting groundwater in this category doesn’t seem fair but we also can’t ignore the fact that it is considered as one of the important sources of water in India. It is the country that extracts the most groundwater globally. Here is what Dr Kulkarni has to say about in support of the last line-
Giving overall figures for India’s dependence on groundwater, Dr. Kulkarni said that groundwater supply is 80% to 95% of rural drinking water, 60% to 70% of water used in agriculture, and 50% of urban drinking water. It is lamentable, he said, that that there are no reliable data sets for the percentage of groundwater used by industry, which usually clubbed along with domestic water use.
The pain point—
Considering the above stats regarding Groundwater the major part of the rural area is dependent on it. Well, 50% is also urban. We must note here that the TDS level for Groundwater is considered between 1000ppm-1500ppm which is certainly not fit for healthy drinking. Also, the availability of High concentrations of salts can damage crops, affect plant growth, degrade drinking water, damage home or industrial equipment and can be a health threat. Most salts do
not naturally degrade and can be persistent in groundwater. The economic impact of
increased salinity in groundwater and surface water can result in fallowed farmland,
unsuitable drinking water, and other environmental issues.
In past, there wasn’t any technology to deal with this level of TDS. But, now water purifiers with highly advanced technology are available in the market that has made even this much TDS of water clean and fit for drinking.
Today, water resources are depleting due to increasing consumption because of rising population and improved living standards in urban areas. It is reported that 10 per cent of diseases worldwide could be avoided by improving the water supply, sanitation, hygiene and management of water resources.
We would advise you that try installing a water purification system according to the TDS level you’re getting in your area. If you don’t know about the TDS level I have written a separate blog about it in detail. There isn’t much worry if you drink water directly from the tap who’s source is Municipality but installing a purifier whether RO+UV or UF gravity based will ultimately prevent you from being susceptive to diseases. Also, whenever you are out, try avoiding drinking bottled water as after the seal breaking it gets receptive to surrounding bacteria and viruses.
Here’s the quick guide considering of following steps if you’re already suffering from yellow teeth issues—
1. Brush your teeth-
Plan and brush your teeth more often in a correct manner. Which is Slowly. Try doing it before sleep as well. Give it proper two to three minutes while brushing it gently in a small circle.
2. A paste of Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide—
A 2012 study found that people who used a toothpaste containing baking soda and peroxide got rid of tooth stains and whitened their teeth. So, try considering the paste of both with 1 tablespoon of Baking Soda and 2 tablespoons of Hydrogen peroxide.
A paste made of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide is said to remove plaque buildup and bacteria to get rid of stains.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar—
Apple cider vinegar can be used in very small amounts to whiten teeth. Make a mouthwash by mixing 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar with 6 ounces of water. Swish the solution for 30 seconds. Then rinse with water and brush your teeth.
4. Activated Charcoal—
You can use activated charcoal to remove stains from your teeth. It’s highly absorbent and is also said to get rid of bacteria and toxins in the mouth.