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Brushing your teeth with tap water in Vietnam

  • daniel4

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    Any advice on whether to use bottled or tap water to brush your teeth in Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos?

    #1 Posted: 24/6/2011 - 08:03

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  • busylizzy

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    In terms of Vietnam and the cities in Cambodia, I tended to use tap water. In more remote, 'dubious' areas where I was less certain, I used bottled water.

    Haven't been to Laos but might be inclined to err on side of caution and use bottled water. It's not a bit deal to use it and I always have it handy. Mind you, I still end up using tap water to rinse by brush usually, so I'm not sure what I'm gaining by using bottled water for the rest!

    #2 Posted: 24/6/2011 - 09:20

  • Thomas922

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    Yeah I always use tap water for my teeth. I am just rinsing. I hope my immune system is worth something. I haven't had a problem in all these years so far. The farther you get from the treatment centers the more I would use strictly bottled water. The treatment centers are usually closer to the city. The problem one official said in the paper in one country I was in was that the infrastructure to carry the clean water far, was dubious.

    #3 Posted: 24/6/2011 - 10:12

  • Rasheeed

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    I use tap water and my tooth is doing just fine...

    #4 Posted: 24/6/2011 - 12:30


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    Rasheed you crack me up man!

    #5 Posted: 24/6/2011 - 12:48

  • stevejames00

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    I always use bottled water to be on the safe side.

    #6 Posted: 24/6/2011 - 22:20

  • daniel4

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    Thanks Rasheed and everyone else for the feedback. Hey Rasheed, maybe you should have used bottled water, may have kept more than one tooth :))

    #7 Posted: 25/6/2011 - 06:02

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