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Our water and the Tooth Fairy   

Author: Eric  by  Eric  on  2/28/2018

girl drinking waterIt’s National Tooth Fairy Day! What a great day to talk about our water quality and your teeth!

We’re fortunate to have one of the finest sources of drinking water in the nation…the Rocky Mountains. Most of our water comes directly from high country snowmelt, which means we are primarily first-time users of the water. In other words, the Tooth Fairy should collect some good teeth here in Colorado Springs!

One topic that always comes up when referring to our water and teeth is fluoride. But what is fluoride and what does it do?

Your mouth contains bacteria that feed on the sugars in the foods we eat and the beverages we drink. The process produces acid that can wear away the hard, outer enamel shell of your tooth – which can lead to cavities.

Fluoride is a compound found naturally in many places, including soil, food, plants, animals and the human body. It reduces tooth decay by strengthening the enamel and by inhibiting the formation of acids that attack the tooth surface.

Due to it’s success in preventing cavities, fluoride in water was named a top public health achievement of the 20th century. While some communities add fluoride to their water, we do not. The fluoride in our drinking water results from what occurs naturally in our source water.

If you’re drinking tap water, you’re bathing your teeth is small amounts of fluoride throughout the day. It’s important to note that not all bottled water contains fluoride. So, check the labels, or simply fill your bottle from the tap. It’s easy and less expensive!

We know every time you turn on the tap, the quality is what matters the most. That’s why we take water quality very seriously. Our laboratory staff monitors your drinking water carefully, conducting 400 tests each month.

While we can’t prevent your pearly whites from falling out or the Tooth Fairy from gathering them up, we will do our part to help you keep them as healthy as possible!

 
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The fluoride debate has continually popped up around the country and I for one, am happy that we do not add more fluoride than what is naturally in our water.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/09/22/kaiser-its-in-the-water-debate-over-fluoridation-lives-on/90864714/

Thank you!

Thursday, March 01, 2018  10:28 AM 

So how much fluoride is in our water compared to communities that do add it?

Friday, March 09, 2018  10:44 AM 

The maximum amount of fluoride allowed in drinking water is 4 parts per million (ppm). In our 2017 Water Quality Report, our average fluoride level was 0.54 ppm. You can learn more about water quality and fluoride on our Water Quality page. https://www.csu.org/pages/water-quality-r.aspx

Tuesday, March 13, 2018  1:08 PM  Eric