Monday, May 12, 2008

Another reason to dislike bottled water

I was at the periodontist last week.

Yes, though I am getting long in the tooth figuratively, I am still trying to avoid that condition in the literal sense.

I had submitted to my cleaning and had received a reasonably good report about my dental condition when the hygienist asked if I would like a fluoride treatment. I expressed surprise: Isn't the water treated with fluoride? That's when the hygienist expressed surprise. "You don't drink bottled water?" she asked.

Apparently many people do.

Why people would drink water in plastic bottles -- contributing unnecessarily to landfills and the price of oil -- is something that has long baffled me. There might be good reasons to drink bottled water in areas where the local water supply is suspect -- but that's certainly not yet the case in American cities.

The periodontist came in at this point, looking to poke and prod my gums and make his own pitch for fluoride treatment. It seems that people who are drinking bottled water aren't getting fluoride that is supposed to prevent tooth decay... and people who have consumed bottled water exclusively over a long period of time are experiencing dramatically increased rates of tooth decay.

So now people who pay extra for water must pay extra also for fluoride treatments. Who knew?


Kacey said...

You were right on about filling the landfills with plastic bottles --- I thought the same thing recently, but was afraid to express it for fear that people would think I subscribe to Global Warming theories. If plastic is made from oil --- are we going to start burning water bottles as an alternate fuel source?

Empress Bee (of the high sea) said...

(i drink bottled water, oops...) hi curmy!

smiles, bee

Patti said...

I don't buy bottled water because it's expensive and the empties do fill up our landfills and such.

TroyBoy said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, you did it now mister. The bottled water companies are gonna be mad at youuuuuu!