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Benefits of Fluoridation 

  • Water fluoridation ranks as one of ten great public health achievements of the 20th century according to the Surgeon General 2000.
  • All drinking water naturally contains some fluoride. Community water fluoridation is the process of adjusting the naturally occurring fluoride level to the optimum level for preventing tooth decay.
  • Adults, as well as children, benefit from drinking fluoridated water throughout their lives.
  • More than half (62%) of the U.S. population live in communities served by fluoridated water supplies.
  • Community water fluoridation has the endorsement of every major health organization in the United States and many other countries, as well as every Surgeon General for the past 50 years.
  • The concentration of fluoride in community drinking water is controlled within plus or minus 0.1 parts per million and represents no health hazards.
  • Every $1 spent on fluoridation saves $38 in dental treatment costs.
    See Fluoride Facts and Fiction.

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Last modified on: 5/29/2008 9:19 AM