Is tap water safe to drink?

By drinking tap water, in 73.9% of the U.S., you receive the benefits of recommended levels of fluoride for preventing tooth decay. Fluoride helps to prevent tooth decay by 30-50%.
Diana K. Blythe, MD

Tap water should be perfectly safe to drink, but it really depends on your municipal water supply. Check on the ratings for your area and how they filter the water and whether there have been complaints. Personally, I almost always drink tap water.


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