By Holly Lebowitz Rossi
March 22, 2012

A number of recent studies by dental groups and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention make the case that a rise in the consumption of bottled water by American children is a major factor in the simultaneous boost in tooth decay because the bottled water does not contain fluoride.

The issue is complicated for some parents who worry that fluoride may have negative health effects that outweigh its oral health benefits.

Image: Bottle of water, via Shutterstock.

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