Oral health is important throughout a person’s life. Fluoride exists naturally in nearly all water supplies. “Fluoridation” is simply adjusting fluoride to the best level that protects teeth from decay. Research shows that community water fluoridation reduces tooth decay by 18 to 40 percent. Water fluoridation provides dental benefits to people of all ages and income groups without requiring them to spend extra money or change their daily routine. By protecting the enamel of teeth, fluoridation makes it less likely that decay will develop into more serious dental problems that drive people to hospital emergency rooms where treatment costs are high.
Fluoride is one of many health interventions we benefit from each day such as Vitamin D being added to milk, Iodine to table salt, Folic Acid to breads and cereals and Chlorine to drinking water supplies and swimming pools.
More than 70 years ago, in January 1945, Grand Rapids, Michigan became the world’s first city to adjust the level of fluoride in its water supply. Since that time, fluoridation has dramatically improved the oral health of tens of millions Americans. Community water fluoridation is the single most effective public health measure to prevent tooth decay. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention proclaimed community water fluoridation as “one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century.” Studies conducted throughout the past 60+ years have consistently shown that fluoridation of community water supplies is safe and effective in preventing dental decay in both children and adults.
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Albuquerque Reverses Water Supply Fluoridation Policy https://www.wateronline.com/doc/albuquerque-reverses-water-supply-fluoridation-policy-0001
City agrees to seek grant to update fluoridation equipment http://www.enewscourier.com/news/local_news/city-agrees-to-seek-grant-to-update-fluoridation-equipment/article_87f3dd5e-8228-11e7-a92b-13f6a98fbaec.html
Meadville, PA, Votes to Initiate Fluoridation http://ilikemyteeth.org/meadville-pennsylvania-fluoridation/
TN Health Department Encouraging Communities to Fluoridate Their Water Supplies http://wgnsradio.com/tn-health-department-encouraging-communities-to-fluoridate-their-water-supplies--cms-33133
Why Some Millennials Aren't Smiling: Bad Teeth Hinder 28% In Job Search https://www.forbes.com/sites/dianahembree/2017/03/28/why-some-millennials-arent-smiling-bad-teeth-hinder-28-in-job-search/#1e5879dc59c6
Water fluoridation saves Americans over $6 billion in dental work http://www.cuanschutztoday.org/water-fluoridation-saves-americans-over-6-billion-in-dental-work/
Flouride Really Saved Our Teeth: Video from Campaign for Dental Health http://ilikemyteeth.org/learn-and-share/fluoride-really-saved-teeth/
No-Drill Dentistry: Fluoride Treatments Can Prevent Cavities In Adults http://www.npr.org/…/no-drill-dentistry-fluoride-treatments…
Calgary study suggests kids have more cavities without fluoridation of water http://www.theglobeandmail.com/…/calgary-s…/article28780465/