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Are you drinking enough tap water?
26 Dec 2011

Do you drink lots of bottled water (eg. spring water) or tank water? Do you avoid drinking tap water?

A recent survey of 10,000 kids under 15 years of age showed that the kids who only drank bottled water or tank water had around 50% more holes in their baby teeth than those who drank tap water.

What caused the difference?

Tap water in Australia has had fluoride added to it for many years. The results have been stronger teeth and a lot less tooth decay for kids.

Fruit juice and fizzy drinks, including some sports drinks have sugar in them. If you don't clean teeth after drinking sugary drinks, or at least rinse your mouth out with water, then the sugar starts to 'eat' your teeth!

In South Australia

Children aged up to 18 years can go to the School Dental Service where they can learn how to look after their teeth properly, as well as having any dental work done. To find your local clinic, visit or call SA Dental Service on 8222 8222.

Unlike sharks, we humans only get one set of adult teeth which have to last us for a lifetime!

  • To protect your teeth, use toothpaste that has fluoride in it.
  • The best water for your teeth is tap water with fluoride in it.

As our bodies are mostly water we do have to drink. Water is the best for our bodies.

You can learn more about water and teeth by looking at the following topics.