Winter weather may have you drinking less water, but its crucial to good health to drink up.
Here in New York City, the amount of fluoride in our water is adjusted along with the seasons. Parents of my New Jersey patients are often shocked to learn that Jersey City (and much of the state of NJ) is a non-fluoridated community. That means your child may be missing out on the valuable benefits of tap water on both the baby teeth that you can see and the permanent teeth that are forming under the gums.
Water, water, water…….its the most important drink you give to your child. Keep in mind, most bottled water doesn’t contain fluoride, is expensive, and is bad for the environment. Don’t like the taste of tap water? Buy a Britta filter to keep tap water ice cold in the fridge without filtering out the fluoride! Infants under 12 months old may drink water from a baby bottle. Toddlers and children should be encouraged to use a straw cup or an uncovered cup after their 1st birthday. Only put water in a sippy cup, straw cup or baby bottle. Sweetened liquids (including milk) should only placed be in an uncovered cup after 1 year old. On the go? Have your child pick out a water bottle to take along or decorate a plain bottle with stickers.
Please let me know if you have questions on quality and quantity of water necessary for your child.
Communities save $38 in dental expenses for every $1 spent to fluoridate public drinking water!!