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Community Water Fluoridation

Did you know that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that community water fluoridation is “one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century”? More than nine out of 10 people living in Ohio who are served by public water supplies have fluoridated water. This is almost 11 million people.

Fluoride is naturally present in all water. Community water fluoridation is simply adjusting the natural fluoride level in public water systems to a level that is best to prevent tooth decay. Learn more about water fluoridation by reading this fact sheet. You can also visit the Life is Better with Teeth website for more information about fluoridation.

Visit How Do I Find Out How Much Fluoride is in My Water? to learn how to find out the fluoride level of the your public water system, or to learn how to test for the fluoride level in your private well.

Click on Ohio’s Fluoridation Law to learn how community water fluoridation is regulated in the state.

Click on Fluoridation Assistance Program to learn about funding available to public water systems to reimburse a portion of the cost of new or replacement fluoridation equipment and/or supplies.

Click on Supporting Water Fluoridation to learn how the Ohio Department of Health supports water fluoridation, and the awards given to water systems for successfully fluoridating.


Page Updated: 7/11/2018