Oral Health Specialist Discusses Benefits Of Drinking Tap Water

NPR (2/13, Daley) reported that “tap water is perfectly safe” in most communities, and it is a much healthier alternative to sugary drinks. Dr. Patty Braun, a pediatrician and oral health specialist with Denver Health, is spreading this message with her patients, many of whom are not drinking tap water and, in turn, are not receiving the fluoride in the community water. Dr. Braun “notes that more than half of the Latino families she sees don’t drink tap water,” explaining that prior experience with contaminated tap water in their native countries causes some recent immigrants to hesitate drinking tap water. According to the article, the Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation and a community group called Westwood Unidos recently partnered “in a campaign to let Latino communities in Colorado know the tap water is safe and clean.”