FACTS ABOUT FLUORIDATION OF COMMUNITY WATER SUPPLIES
Fluoridation of community water supplies is the single most effective public health measure to prevent dental decay.
• Throughout more than 60 years of research and practical experience, the overwhelming weight of credible scientific evidence has consistently indicated that fluoridation of community water supplies is safe.
• The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has proclaimed community water fluoridation (along with vaccinations and infectious disease control) as one of ten great public health achievements of the20th century.
• More than 100 national and international health, service and professional organizations recognize the public health benefits of community water fluoridation for preventing dental decay.
• Studies prove water fluoridation continues to be effective in reducing dental decay by 20-40%, even in an era with widespread availability of fluoride from other sources, such as fluoride toothpaste.
• Community water fluoridation benefits everyone, especially those without access to regular dental care. It is the most efficient way to prevent one of the most common childhood diseases – dental decay (5 times as common as asthma and 7 times as common as hay fever in 5-to-17-year-olds). Without fluoridation, there would be many more than the estimated 51 million school hours lost per year in this country because of dental-related illness.
• Community water fluoridation is the adjustment of fluoride that occurs naturally in water to optimal levels to protect oral health.
• For most cities, every $1 invested in water fluoridation saves $38 in dental treatment costs.
• Water that has been fortified with fluoride is similar to fortifying salt with iodine, milk with vitamin D and orange juice with vitamin C.
• Simply by drinking water, people can benefit from fluoridation’s cavity protection whether they are at home, work or school.
• The average cost for a community to fluoridate its water is estimated to range from approximately $0.50 a year per person in large communities to approximately $3.00 a year per person in small communities.
• More than two-thirds of the population in the United States are served by public water systems that are optimally fluoridated.
• Fluoridation has been thoroughly tested in the United States’ court system, and found to be a proper means of furthering public health and welfare. No court of last resort has ever determined fluoridation to be unlawful.
• Be aware of misinformation on the Internet and other junk science related to water fluoridation.
• One of the most widely respected sources for information regarding fluoridation and fluorides is the American Dental Association. The ADA maintains Fluoride and Fluoridation Web pages at http://www.ada.org/goto/fluoride
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