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Supporting Water Fluoridation

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified community water fluoridation as one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century. More than 70 years of research and community experience have shown that fluoridation works.

The American Dental Association (ADA) has compiled a list of more than 100 organizations that recognize the public health benefits of water fluoridation. Policy statements from many of these organizations are available. Visit the Life is Better with Teeth website to learn more about the safety and benefits of water fluoridation.

The Oral Health Program provides technical assistance to communities considering water fluoridation and offers limited funds for the start-up and maintenance of community water fluoridation. Communities of any size can request funds for equipment used in the fluoridation feed system, fluoride compounds (limited) and fluoride testing equipment used in the water treatment laboratory. Program guidelines and application materials can be found on the Fluoridation Assistance Program Web page.

The Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors, the ADA and the CDC annually recognize hundreds of water systems in the U.S. that have continuously fluoridated for 50 years.These systems receive the National Fluoridation 50 Year Award. Please see the list of Ohio's current and past recipients.

 

Last Updated: 5/25/17