If you think you’re making a healthy choice by buying bottled water, it might be time to think again. That’s because conventional methods of bottling water use extreme filtration and ozonation to treat the water prior to bottling, in order to guarantee a certain level of hygiene and sanitization. Sure, this water might be safer to drink than your average tap water, but what is it doing to your health?
In this article, I’ll examine the methods by which big-name water companies turn either tap water or natural water into bottled water, and what effects these ultra-processed waters can have on your health. Next, we’ll dig a little deeper into which bottled water products are healthier to drink, including those that are more alkaline and, therefore, better for you.
What conventional bottling is doing to your water
Both the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Environmental Working Group (EWG) have determined through lab testing that bottled water is inferior to tap water. That may come as a surprise to you, as the marketing used by most big-name water companies suggests that the water you get from bottles is far better for both your safety and health than the stuff that comes out of your tap. But while those bottles may guarantee a certain level of safety from certain water-borne pathogens (which you’re highly unlikely to get from tap water anyway), they completely degrade the quality of that water in the process.
The majority of bottled water companies use extreme filtration methods to ensure standardization of their products. These methods include ion-exchange, reverse osmosis, distillation and deionization. Some companies may use a combination of these methods, or all of them, to cover their corporate backsides and avoid consumer liability.
The result of extreme filtration is “dead water”
No matter where you water originally comes from, be it a deep-water well, spring, river, lake or municipal water supply, the end product is always the same. It’s water that has been completely denatured and molecularly changed from its origin. “Dead water” is void of all the minerals that are typically found in natural water. It is so-called for two reasons.
First, this water has no life force. It has literally been sucked of all the health-supporting minerals and nutrients that our planet’s organisms (including humans) have grown to depend on. Second, organisms that drink only this extreme-filtered water would eventually die, as it can contribute to the death of tissues and cells in the body.
The result is a water that can actually harm — not heal — your health. Drinking demineralized bottled water actually contributes to nutrient loss in the body, as the dead-water acts to absorb minerals from your bones, joints and muscles. Kind of like a vacuum — the water sucks in the minerals it lost during the process of filtration in order to return to its natural state.
Bottled water may have harmful contents
There are plenty of other reasons why most bottled water is best avoided. How about the fact that around a quarter of all bottled water is simply glorified tap water, with a massive markup in price? Companies like Aquafina and Dasani simply take the tap water, treat it with ultraviolet light to kill any bugs that probably aren’t there anyway, bottle it and make a vast profit.
Not only that, many studies show that bottled water can contain phthalates, mold, microbes, benzene and even damaging heavy metals like arsenic. This health-harming effect is most readily seen in babies who are given bottled water. Research indicates that the lack of sodium and other minerals in this water can lead to hyponatremic seizures.
Most bottled waters are highly acidic
At The Alternative Daily, we’ve written various articles on how the modern American diet contains far too many acidic foods and drinks. In this article, we talk about how acidosis can occur in people who eat too many acid-forming foods, such as eggs, dairy, meat, white flour, sugar, coffee and soda. In essence, a traditional Western diet. These foods imbalance our internal pH, exhausting alkaline reserves and increases risk of disease and infection. Because most Americans are putting so many acidic foods in their bodies, any consumables that offset this imbalance can create a marked improvement in our health.
Most bottled waters are at the other end of the health spectrum. A 2015 study completed by the American Dental Hygienists Association sought to determine the pH levels of popular brands of bottled water, tap water and a range of other common beverages. Following extensive lab testing, the researchers noted that “the pH values for the tested beverages and bottled waters were found to be predominantly acidic.” Of the 12 bottled water brands tested, 10 had a pH of less than 7 and were therefore considered acidic. Only two of those 12 were alkaline.
The implications of this study reach far beyond the tooth decay and dental erosion caused by drinking acidic water. For starters, the pH values determined by independent testing were often considerably lower (i.e., more acidic) than those provided on the bottle label. Next, every bottle of acidic water you drink is damaging your health, by contributing to acidosis and the complications associated with this condition.
So if the labels of these bottled waters can’t be trusted, how do you know which brands are good for your health?
Using independent testing to determine water alkalinity
One of the easiest ways to determine which bottled water brands are alkaline is to do your own in-home pH testing. A pH kit is inexpensive and, when used correctly, relatively accurate.
But who has the time to do their own testing? The next best option is to tap into research completed by others. To give you an indication of which brands may be better than others, I used this article. There’s likely a degree of inaccuracy associated with their results, but they’re unlikely to be unbiased. It will give you a good starting point for drawing your own informed conclusions. Here’s a list of popular bottled water brands and their corresponding pH:
– Propel Zero: 3.5
– Propel Fitness Water: 3.6
– Penta: 4.0
– Dasani: 4.5
– Function: 5.0
– Perrier: 5.5
– Poland Spring: 5.8
– Voss: 6.0
– Ice Mountain: 6.0
– Crystal Geyser: 6.0
– Deer Park: 6.3
– Smart Water: 6.5
– Great Value (Walmart): 6.5
– Gerber Pure Water: 6.5
– Arrowhead: 6.83
– Evian: 7.0
– Volvic: 7.0
– Zephrhyllis: 7.5
– Absopure: 7.5
– Fiji: 7.5
– Super Chill: 7.5
– Evamor: 8.0
– Real Water: 8.0
– Essentia: 9.0
Tap water may be better for your health
The tap water that this same independent study examined also ranged from 5.8 in upstate New York to 9.3 in St. Louis, Missouri. This indicates that drinking water straight from the tap may be better for your health than bottled water. You certainly have a lower risk of developing acidosis from tap water than from the vast majority of bottled water brands.
To maintain a healthy blood pH of around 7.4, the water we drink should be between 9 and 10. This means that every single bottled water brand in the above testing, with the exception of one, is too acidic. Obviously, it’s not possible to always buy Real Water when bottled water is necessary. Try to choose those water brands that are furthest down in the list.
For example, if you go to a store and Essentia is unavailable but Fiji and Dasani are, it makes more sense for you to buy Fiji — even if it’s twice as expensive. After all, if you buy Dasani, you’re essentially just buying acidified tap water.
Beyond bottles: how to get the most from your water
It’s apparent that even if you shop wisely and only choose those bottles of water that are more alkaline in nature, you’re still not getting the most from your water. Plastic water bottles contain BPA and other hormone-altering chemicals that, over time, can negatively affect your health.
Not only that, not all spring water or groundwater is actually safe to drink anyway. Many “bottled at source” brands extract their water (whether knowingly or not) from sources that have been contaminated by industrial waste or agricultural runoff. These toxins are difficult to remove, even with extreme filtration methods. This means you may be introducing additional chemicals into your body with every swallow.
In an ideal world, every person would have direct access to a spring or body of water that has been tested and approved as safe for drinking. Each person would make regular trips to the spring. They could fill up their glass bottles for the day (or week) and all would be well with the world. But, for obvious reasons, that’s not exactly a realistic solution.
Install a high-quality filter at home
The next best thing is to drink tap water. Install a high-quality filter to remove chlorine, fluoride and other undesirable particulates. This filter would involve minimal processing to ensure that all of the naturally-occurring minerals in your water remained. If your pH testing shows that the tap water you drink is a little more on the acidic side, consider adding some alkalizing salts into the water, such as Himalayan pink salt. Another alternative is to add a splash of fresh lemon juice or apple cider vinegar.
Finally, if you must buy bottled water, choose wisely. Buying a more alkaline brand like Essentia, Real Water, Fiji or even pH-neutral Evian is a whole lot better for your health than Dasani or VitaminWater. And another tip for all you bottled water drinkers out there: choose glass over plastic!
Article source: thealternativedaily.com
It’s one of our favorite times of the year here at Quince Orchard Dental Care. We have decorated the office and are counting down to Halloween which comes with its ghosts, goblins and goodies. Among all the fun and the frolic, what is to be kept in mind is that the sugar in those treats can play some unwanted tricks on your teeth if you’re not careful.
The bacteria in your mouth are probably more excited to eat Halloween candy than you are. When these microorganisms eat the sugar and leftover food in your mouth, they produce a weak acid that is a primary cause of cavities.
But don’t hang up your costume just yet. “Halloween is about candy, dressing up and having fun,” says our Pediatric Dentist Dr. Abdillahi. “It’s OK to splurge on candy this Halloween as long as you’re brushing twice a day and flossing once a day all year long.”
To help you sort through the trick-or-treat bag loot, Quince Orchard Dental Care has a rundown of some common candies and their impact on your teeth:
Chocolate is probably your best bet, which is good because it’s also the most popular kind of candy handed out on Halloween. “Chocolate is one of the better candies because it washes off your teeth easier than other types of candy,” Dr. Rouhanian says. “Dark chocolate also has less sugar than milk chocolate.”
Sticky and Gummy Candies
Be picky if it’s sticky. These are some of the worst candies for your teeth. “This candy is harder to remove and may stay longer on your teeth, which gives that cavity-causing bacteria more time to work,” says our Orthodontist Dr. Hagan.
Hard candies are also ones to watch on Halloween. “They can actually break your teeth if you’re not careful”, says our Pediatric Dentist Dr. Lewis. “You also tend to keep these kinds of candies in your mouth for longer periods of time so the sugar is getting in your saliva and washing over your teeth.”
You might want to pass on things that make you pucker – especially if they are sticky and coated in sugar. “Sour candy can be very acidic,” says Dr. Plesset. “And that acidity can weaken and damage the hard outer shell of your teeth, making your teeth more vulnerable to cavities.”
Have some floss handy if you’re enjoying one of these fall favorites. “Kernels can get stuck in-between your teeth,” says our Endodontist Dr. Khalili. “They are also sticky, sugary and can be hard.”
It is widely known that soda, beer and coffee are bad for your teeth. Bottled water, however, seems harmless.But dentists warn that is not always the case. Some of the most popular brands of bottled waters have dangerous pH levels and lack essential fluoride, which can cause cavities.
However, it is impossible to know from the label which ones are the safest – so we tested the pH levels of nine top brands to see which ones were the best and worst. The pH level can range from zero to 14. On that scale, seven is neutral, anything under that is acidic and anything higher is alkaline.
Drinking acidic water will harm your teeth, warns Dr Eunjung Jo of Astor Smile Dental.
‘Our enamel starts to erode at a pH level of 5.5 so it’s best to avoid any drinks with a pH that is lower than 5.5.’
Dr. Jo also said that the damage done to your teeth increases proportionately with the time you spend sipping on a drink so spending three hours drinking a coffee is more harmful than downing it in 30 minutes.
‘The longer you sip and they stay in your mouth, [the] damage is bigger,’ she said.
She added that bottled water is not worse for your teeth than sodas, beer or coffee and she thinks Fiji water is the best for your teeth while Dasani, Voss and Smartwater are the worst.
The lack of fluoride – a healthy ion that is good for tooth enamel – in bottled water can also be harmful.
Tap water is regulated by the government, which makes sure it has accurate fluoride levels, but bottled water often lacks proper amounts of it. Dr. Tema Starkman of High Line Dentistry said it is important to make sure you are always consuming fluoride. She said that this is especially important for children between the ages of zero and five whose teeth are still developing.
If these children do not receive proper fluoride levels they can develop hypo-fluorosis, a condition that can leave white spots on their teeth, she said.
‘If they are not drinking a significant amount of tap water and are only drinking filtered, bottled water without measured levels of fluoride, then they could developmentally have problems.’
She said there is evidence that drinking tap water is good for children’s teeth.
‘The studies say that during the developmental stage of growth for children, accurate fluoride levels in tap water could contribute to healthy enamel formation.’
The CDC said children who live in communities with non-fluoridated tap water have more decayed teeth than their counterparts who live areas with fluoridated tap water.
The problem also affects adults, Dr. Starkman said. ‘If an adult has a cavity, which is a bacteria that’s entered a part of the enamel that’s weakened, if there is not a source of fluoride in their drinking water, then, definitely, that can contribute to more cavities.’
But she said that people drinking only bottled water can get fluoride from fluoridated toothpaste or rinses. ‘Usually when you brush your teeth you’re getting some fluoride from the water in the sink,’ she said.
Dr. Starkman recommended a balance of bottled and tap water. She said even young children can have bottled water when they are on the go but tap water is good for them to have every day.
‘They shouldn’t avoid it. A lot of people try to avoid tap water. There’s no reason. It’s definitely healthy,’ she said.
Dr. Jo said she recommends that parents should give their children tap instead of bottled water.
The American Dental Association said that drinkers of bottled water may be missing out on the benefits of fluoride.
‘Drinking water with fluoride, often called “nature’s cavity fighter”, is one of the easiest and most beneficial things you can do to help prevent cavities,’ the association said.
On behalf of all of our clients, Quince Orchard Dental Care would like to take this opportunity to thank our wonderful staff for everything they do to make our country great, our firm successful and our patients happy.
Thank you for all you do, quality people make all the difference in the world. Enjoy the holiday!
Do you know how important your oral health is for your overall well being? Are you aware of the importance of your diet for your dental health? The saying “You are what you eat” rings true and when it comes to dental health it’s even more important than usual.
Here are the 9 top foods that damage your teeth:
What you eat matters
While these hard candies seem harmless, eat too many and the constant exposure to sugar can be harmful to your teeth. Hard candies also put your teeth at risk because, in addition to being full of sugar, they can also trigger a dental emergency such as a broken or chipped tooth. Better alternative? Chew sugarless gum that carries the ADA Seal.
Ice is for chilling, not chewing
You’d be surprised at how many people think ice is good for their teeth. It’s made of water, after all, and doesn’t contain any sugar or other additives. But chewing on hard substances can leave your teeth vulnerable to a dental emergency and damage enamel. Advice: Break the habit and enjoy water in its liquid form.
Watch your citrus intake
The truth is that frequent exposures to acidic foods can erode enamel, making teeth more susceptible to decay over time. So even though a squeeze of lemon or lime can turn a simple glass of water into a fun beverage, it’s not always the best choice for your mouth. Citric fruits and juices can also irritate mouth sores. Make sure to drink plenty of plain water.
Not all coffee is good for you
In their natural form, coffee and tea can be healthy beverage choices. Unfortunately, too many people can’t resist adding sugar. Caffeinated coffee and tea can also dry out your mouth. Frequent drinks of coffee and tea may also stain your teeth. If you do consume, make sure to drink plenty of water and try to keep the add-ons to a minimum.
Sticky foods are your mouth’s worst nightmare
When it comes to picking healthy snacks, many people put dried fruit at the top of the list. But many dried fruits are sticky. Sticky foods can damage your teeth since they tend to stay on the teeth longer than other types of food. If you find yourself eating dried fruits or trail mix often, make sure to rinse with water after and to brush and floss carefully.
Beware of things that go “crunch”
Who doesn’t love the nice, satisfying crunch of a potato chip? Unfortunately, potato chips are filled with starch, which tends to get trapped in your teeth. If you choose to indulge in snacks like these, take extra care when you floss that day to remove all the food particles that can lead to plaque build-up.
Swap out soda with water
When you eat sugary foods or sip sugary drinks for long periods of time, plaque bacteria use that sugar to produce acids that attack your enamel, the hard surface of your tooth. Most carbonated soft drinks, including diet soda, are acidic and therefore, bad for your teeth. Caffeinated beverages, such as colas can also dry out your mouth. If you do consume soft drinks, try to drink alongside a cup of water.
Limit alcohol consumption
Alcohol causes dehydration and dry mouth. People who drink excessively may find their saliva flow is reduced over time, which can lead to tooth decay and other oral infections such as gum disease. Heavy alcohol use also increases your risk for mouth cancer.
Watch out for sports drinks
They sound healthy, but sugar is a top ingredient in many sports and energy drinks. The American Academy of Pediatrics says sports drinks can be helpful for young athletes engaged in prolonged, vigorous physical activities, but unnecessary in most cases. Before your next sip, check the label to make sure your drink of choice is low in sugar or drink water.
Article Source: MouthHealthy.com
Don’t worry, we aren’t moving far. We are currently at 849 Suite E on Quince Orchard Blvd. Our new location is 845 Suite H on Quince Orchard Blvd. If you are standing in front of our current office and look to your right, it is right up the stairs on the right. (See picture)
Parking will be in the same area and you will still receive the same great dental care you have come to expect. Also, there will be little to no down time for the practice. If there are any concerns or ideas you have for our new space we would love to hear about them.
We are expecting to open the doors for our new location in March 2018. We will be posting pictures and updates as the construction starts so you can follow our progress. We are so happy and fortunate to have great patients who have made this expansion possible and we are forever grateful.
Here are some great things you guys can expect with the move:
-Our office will be 4800 Square feet compared to our current 2000 square foot office
-A larger reception area
-A separate Pediatric Lounge for our little ones
-Additional Treatment rooms (currently we have 7 and we will have 12)
-More spacious treatment rooms
-Much quieter rooms
-Windows and natural light for every treatment room and throughout the whole practice
-To provide more privacy, we will have additional consult rooms for our patients as well.
These are just some of the many updates you have to look forward to at Quince Orchard Dental Care. Please contact us at (301) 527-2727 with any questions you may have and also visit our Facebook and Instagram pages to view the construction progress! Expected start date for the construction is Nov 2017!
Summer sun brings summer fun. While warm months are perfect for spending time together, summer vacation can also throw off your usual dental routine.
Here are three ways to prevent summertime tooth decay:
Stay on a routine
Whether your kids are staying up to catch fireflies or a fireworks show, resist the temptation to skip brushing before a late bedtime—or let it slide when they sleep in the next morning. “Don’t forget about your smile over the summer,” says ADA pediatric dentist Dr. Mary Hayes. “It’s important for families to consistently brush and floss, which keeps kids on track for healthy back-to-school dental visits.”
No matter how eventful the upcoming months become, supervise that they are brushing twice a day for 2 minutes with fluoride toothpaste. Simple things like brushing calendars can help everyone stay on track over the summer. Plus, it’s a chance to spend more time together. Brushing alongside your children for 2 minutes, twice a day for the three months of summer gives you 6 extra hours together, so make the most of them!
And don’t forget to clean between those teeth once a day. “Your children should be flossing between any two teeth that touch,” Dr. Hayes says. “However, many kids don’t have motor skills to floss until they are over 10 years old.” If your child needs help, try different types of interdental cleaners or put your hands over theirs to guide them and get the job done at the same time.
Say no to sugary drinks and snacks
As the temperature rises, it’s common for families to sip and snack during sports tournaments, festivals or nearly any community event. “Watch your family’s intake of lemonade, juice, and soda,” says Dr. Hayes. “Consider sugary drinks treats to enjoy once in awhile, and not often.” Instead, offer water (even better if it has fluoride) to beat the heat, or milk to drink with meals. And, don’t let summertime grazing damage your child’s smile. “Taking a break from snacking is healthy for your teeth,” says Dr. Hayes. “It allows time for saliva to bathe the teeth, wash away leftover food and get stronger.”
If you find yourself spending more time at home, snack smarter, and let your children tell you when they’re hungry instead of offering snacks throughout the day. “They’re not afraid to let you know when they want something to eat!” she says.
Make your back-to-school dental visit early
Some schools require back-to-school dental visits for certain grades, and these checkups can be a good way to be sure your child’s teeth stay healthy. It is a good idea to make your child’s back-to-school appointment early in the summer to avoid the August rush and help ensure you get the appointment time that works best for you. “We can help spot and take care of any issues, so your child doesn’t have to miss class once school starts,” Dr. Hayes says. “Visiting the dentist regularly can help your child’s smile stay healthy all year long.”
Article Source: Mouthhealthy.org
The top reason for seeing an orthodontist is the same for adults and kids: to treat malocclusion or a “bad bite.”
People tend to have low self-esteem when it comes to their teeth. Often times, this stems from neglected dental issues such as misaligned teeth. Orthodontists are dentists specialized in treating misaligned teeth by realigning crooked teeth into a beautiful smile. This can work wonders and lead to a confident smile and a happier you.
That said, the top reason people visit the orthodontist is to fix a malocclusion, commonly called “bad bite.” Types of malocclusions include:
– Overjet (or overlapping) teeth
– Spacing issues
– Irregular jaw growth (common in children)
– Problematic tooth development (common in children)\
Let the Orthodontists at Quince Orchard Dental Care create your perfect smile. Call us at (301) 527-2727 to schedule an appointment today!
Oral cavity and oropharynx cancers account for 2.9 percent of all cancers diagnosed in the United States and 1.6 percent of cancer deaths. You know your dentist is looking for cavities during regular check-ups, but you may not realize your dentist can screen for cancer at the same time. It’s estimated that approximately 49,750 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer and cancers of the throat, tonsils, and back of the tongue in 2017. Regular visits to your dentist can help you detect such cancers early, and changing a few potentially harmful habits may help reduce your chances of developing them.
Men are twice more likely to get oral cancer. The American Cancer Society attributes this to higher rates of alcohol and tobacco use by men but says more men of a younger age are being diagnosed with HPV-related forms of oral cancer.
Most people who are diagnosed with oral cancer are 55 or older, according to the American Cancer Society. HPV-related oral cancers, however, are often diagnosed in people who are younger.
Whether you smoke it or chew it, tobacco use increases your risk dramatically. Smoking can cause oral cancer, as well as cancer in other parts of the body. Pipe smokers are also at a higher risk for developing cancer in their lips. Smokeless tobacco, like chew, can lead to many issues in your mouth, the most serious being cancer of the cheeks, gums, and lips.
According to the American Cancer Society, 7 of 10 oral cancer patients are heavy drinkers. Heavy drinking, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is an average of two drinks a day or more for men and an average of more than one drink a day for women. If you are a heavy drinker and a heavy smoker, your chances of developing oral cancer increase significantly.
Human Papilloma Virus (HPV):
The sexually transmitted disease is now associated with about 9,000 cases of head and neck cancer (specifically those occurring at the back of the tongue, in or around the tonsils) diagnosed each year in the United States, according to the CDC. People who are diagnosed with HPV-related head and neck cancer tend to be younger and nonsmokers. People with HPV-positive cancers have a lower risk of death or recurrence, even though these cancers are often diagnosed at a later stage because it develops in difficult-to-detect area.
People who have jobs working outside are more prone to developing lip cancer and should use UV protection.
Poor nutrition also may put you at risk for developing oral cancer. A diet low in fruits and vegetables may increase your chance of developing oral cancer, so add more color to your plate!
The American Dental Association recognizes that early oral cancer diagnoses have the potential to significantly impact treatment decisions and outcomes. The ADA also supports routine visual and tactile examinations, particularly for patients who are at risk, including those who use tobacco or who are heavy consumers of alcohol.
The dental professionals at Quince Orchard Dental Care are always willing to guide you along the way. Call us on 301-527-2727 to schedule an appointment today!
Article Source: Mouth Healthy by the ADA
You brush your teeth twice a day, but flossing should be just as much a part of your daily routine. In fact, it’s critical to keeping your teeth healthy. While brushing can help erode the bacteria on some of your teeth, some areas will be overlooked if you don’t floss. This bacteria causes both gum disease and decay, and when it combines with your saliva and food, it creates plaque, a clear, colorless, sticky film that adheres to your teeth.Just imagine that when you don’t feel like flossing: bacteria throwing a house party on your teeth. Yuck! After that, it’s no surprise that it is recommended to floss twice a day, right?
So How Do You Do It?
1. Wrap the floss around your middle fingers so you can use your thumbs and forefingers to move the floss.
2. Gently push it between two teeth and use a gentle sawing motion back and forth until the floss pops down through the contact point, which is the one specific point where the teeth touch together.
3. Wrap the floss around the side of one tooth, making a C-like shape, then gently slide up and down. Do this several times, making sure to go slightly underneath the gumline, then repeat on the other side of the tooth.
4. Pull the floss out and rotate it so you’re using a clean spot.
5. Don’t stop if you start to bleed. Keep at it once a day, and in a few weeks, you’ll probably see an improvement.
Not everyone’s mouth is the same; if you have any issues that make it hard to use regular floss, you can buy floss picks, that have the floss pre-positioned on a little handle. If you have really large spaces between your teeth, keep an eye out for superfloss, which has a fuzzy portion that fits in between big spaces in your teeth and gums.
And while it doesn’t really make a difference if you floss before or after brushing your teeth, although most people prefer after. When you brush first, you’re getting more gross removal of the bacteria that’s in your mouth, so your mouth is cleaner and the floss just finishes everything off after that.
The dental professionals at Quince Orchard Dental Care are always willing to guide you along the way. Call us on 301-527-2727 to schedule an appointment today!