Arlington water does contain fluoride at the correct levels which are beneficial to your teeth. It is ok to use an activated charcoal filter such as a Brita filter, or the filter on your fridge. Reverse osmosis filters WILL take out almost all of the fluoride in the water. These filters are rather large and cost thousands of dollars.
Can the consistent use of bottled water result in individuals missing the benefits of optimally fluoridated water?
Yes. The majority of bottled waters on the market do not contain optimal levels (0.7-1.2 ppm) of fluoride. Read more about this in the online version of ADA’s Fluoridation Facts.
Yes. Some types of home water treatment systems can reduce the fluoride levels in water supplies potentially decreasing the decay-preventive effects of optimally fluoridated water.
For more detailed explanations, read the ADA’s Fluoridation Facts booklet. It is a 70-page comprehensive encyclopedia of fluoridation facts with over 200 scientific references. Order your copy of ADA’s Fluoridation Facts (Item No. J120) from the ADA Catalog.
The best option is to test your water after it has been filtered. To do this try calling Arlington Water Control Center at (703) 228-6555. Or private companies such as Burke water testing at 703-250-7711. Once the fluoride count it found, bring it to your dentist for proper analysis.
If you have any other further questions please give Dr. Roca a call at (703) 522-2600