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It is widely known that drinking soda, beer and coffee are bad for your teeth but, not as many people know that bottled water can be harmful as well. If you are going to drink bottled water it is important to know which to choose and which to avoid.

Here are some tips to consider when drinking bottled water. Make sure to choose water with a PH level over 5 because our enamel starts to erode at a PH level under 5.5. PH can range from 0 to 14. Brands of water that are over 5 include Poland Springs: 7, Fiji: 8, Essentia: 8 and Evian: 8.5. Some of the lower PH brands are Smartwater: 4, Aquafina: 4, Dasani: 4 and Voss: 4.

Another thing to monitor in bottled water is Fluoride. Tap water is regulated by the government so it has the proper amount of Fluoride which is 0.7 milligrams per liter of water. The lack of fluoride in bottled water can be harmful to your teeth. It is important to drink the bottle of water within 30 minutes. Just like sucking on sugary hard candy, sipping water with a lower PH level will cause the enamel on your teeth to erode. The longer you take to drink the water, the more damage can be done.

Contrary to what some might think, there is no reason to avoid drinking tap water. In fact, there is evidence that drinking tap water is good for children’s teeth, especially children between the age of 0-5 years. So, drink up!

Dailymail.com, Maggie O’Neill For. “Bottled Water Can Be Acidic and Erode Your Tooth Enamel.” Daily Mail Online, Associated Newspapers, 11 Aug. 2017, www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4782672Newsweek.