The Link Between Water Quality and Oral Health

Water QualityOne solution to having good quality teeth is brushing them religiously. There are times, however, when the water you use for brushing your teeth does more harm than good to your oral health. When dentists can no longer find the culprit of your dental health problems, perhaps it is time to look into the quality of your water.

Murky Water

Last October 2016, a cleaning project incident at Shrewsbury caused the residents’ tap water to turn brown. They use the water from the pipes for cooking, bathing and even tooth brushing.

Poor water quality may lead to dental decay or caries, characterised by the disintegration of the enamel and dentine. Bacteria such as Streptococcus mutans and Streptococcus sobrinus are found in dirty water and may spread all over the surface of the teeth. When this happens, the affected tooth may also dissolve due to the bacteria.

Lead Contamination

Another water-related crisis occurred earlier last year in Flint, Michigan. During a financial state of emergency, the city decided to switch its water supply from Lake Huron to the Flint River. Although it was only a temporary switch, the Flint River is famous for its filthy waters. Residents started to notice something was wrong with their water shortly after. Experts even found that half of the water lines that travelled to Flint homes had lead in them.

When lead enters the mouth, you will not feel the effects immediately. Teeth may store lead, hiding the build-up over time, which may result in tooth corrosion in the future. Lead in the respiratory system may also cause comas, convulsions and behavioural issues. Any kind of lead is dangerous – there is no such thing as ‘safe amount of lead’ in the body.

When transferring to a new neighbourhood, it’s best to check the quality of water before you use it. Have it tested and make sure your teeth and overall health are safe from harm.