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Drinking Water Week

Posted on 4/30/2014 by Crafton Dental
The Maryland Dental Action Coalition, in association with the American Water Works Association (AWWA) celebrates "Drinking Water Week", May 4-10, 2014; "Drinking Water Week" recognizes the vital role water plays in our daily lives.

Community Water Fluoridation
“Fluoride is a mineral that exists naturally in nearly all water supplies, but usually at a concentration that is too low to protect teeth from cavities. This is why so many community water systems add additional fluoride - a process called "fluoridation". Fluoridation reduces the rate of tooth decay by about 25 percent over a person's lifetime. Both children and adults benefit from drinking fluoridated water.

For nearly 70 years, community water fluoridation has been an effective and safe way to reduce the rate of tooth decay. Even in an era when fluoride toothpaste is widely used by Americans, studies in recent years continue to show that drinking water or other beverages with fluoride maximizes protection from cavities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) supports fluoridation and named this practice one of its "10 great public health achievements of the 20th century." Other leading health and medical organizations join the CDC in supporting fluoridation.

A CDC-commissioned study found that every $1 invested in fluoridation saves $38 by reducing the need for dental fillings, crowns or other treatments. Studies in various states have confirmed that fluoridation saves money for families and taxpayers.”

"Why Drink Water?"
Our bodies are more than two-thirds water. Water helps regulate body temperature, lubricates joints and the spinal cord, aids digestion, and maintains other important functions.

Drinking water instead of sweetened beverages, like soda or juice, is the healthier way to stay hydrated. The CDC recommends keeping a cold pitcher of water in your refrigerator instead of drinks with added sugar.

How much water do you need? Experts say six to eight 8-oz glasses is a good amount. The Mayo Clinic suggests drinking a glass of water with each meal, between meals, and before and after exercise.

Did You Know?
Many people believe bottled water is safer than tap water. The Natural Resources Defense Council conducted a four-year review of the bottled water industry and the safety standards that govern it, including a comparison of national bottled water rules with national tap water rules, and independent testing of over 1,000 bottles of water. They concluded that there is no assurance that just because water comes out of a bottle it is any cleaner or safer than water from the tap. In fact, an estimated 25 percent or more of bottled water is really just tap water in a bottle - sometimes further treated, sometimes not. If the bottle says "from a municipal source" or "from a community water system" this means it's derived from tap water. Why not save money and Get It From the Tap?!

Celebrate Drinking Water Week with Spa Water
Spa water sounds fancy, but it's super simple - chilled tap water with natural, sugar-free flavors. Lemon, cucumber, rosemary, blueberries, mint, orange - all are delicious!

All you need is a glass pitcher or a counter top drink dispenser with a spigot. Allow the add-ins to absorb into the water - the length of time depends on your taste. Wait too long and fruit can become bitter. Move too quickly and you lose taste. Let your taste buds decide!

Store in the fridge while you allow the flavors to absorb. Make sure to cover your spa water so it doesn't absorb any additional fridge flavors.

Cucumbers, lemons, oranges, and larger items should be sliced, at a minimum. For added flavor, slice each slice in half.

Avoid soft fruit like raspberries and strawberries.

Mint goes great with any fruit and vegetable add-in.

Surf the net for refreshing spa water recipes, or experiment with flavors of your own design!

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