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This article brought to you courtesy of Dr. Alan Neal of Neal Family Dental, Canby Herald Dental Expert.

Dr. Alan Neal

Many bottled waters are acidic, which eats away at the outer hard layer of your teeth, called enamel. When the enamel is eroded, the yellow layer underneath is exposed and then teeth become sensitive.

The pH value is a number from 1 to 14 which measures the acidity or alkalinity of a substance. The lower end of the scale is acid and the higher end is base or alkaline and 7 is neutral. The scale is logarithmic, which is a fancy, scientific way to say values next to each other increase by a factor of 10--so Vitamin water is almost 1,000 times more acidic than Crystal Geyser!

Here are the 10 most acidic brands of water on the market:

Vitaminwater 3.4

Propel Zero Gatorade 3.5

Propel Fitness Water 3.6

Penta 4.0

Dasani 4.5

Function 5.0

Perrier 5.5

Poland Spring 5.8

Ice Mountain 6.0

Crystal Geyser 6.0

Tap water is the U.S. has a pH of 6.5 to 8.5.

Buying bottled water is expensive. Bottled water costs from $0.89 per gallon to $8.26 per gallon, but just pennies from your tap.

Only 1 in 5 water bottles are recycled, it takes 400 to 1,000 years for a plastic bottle to decompose and 17 million barrels of oil annually make those bottles.

For the good of the planet, pocketbook and teeth, consider a reusable bottle that you fill at home. If you have any questions regarding conserving your tooth enamel, bottled water, or want to schedule an appointment, please call Neal Family Dental at (503) 266-2705 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Neal Family Dental

333 N.W. 3rd Ave

Canby, OR 97013

503-266-2705

www.NealFamilyDental.com

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