Water Fluoridation Five reasons your water should have Fluoride

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Water Fluoridation

Five reasons your water should have Fluoride

  1. Water Fluoridation is Safe and Effective. Over 160 medical, public health, health related and health research organizations continue to support water fluoridation as a safe and effective tool for helping to prevent tooth decay and improving oral health – the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the American Water Works Association, and the American Public Health Association (APHA) – just to name a few. Scientific research over the past sixty years has shown water fluoridation to be safe and effective.

  1. Water Fluoridation is Natural. All water throughout the world has a small amount of naturally occurring fluoride. Water fluoridation is the process of adjusting that natural level in Maine up to 1.2 parts per million (ppm), which is currently the recommended level to protect against tooth decay.

  1. Water Fluoridation is Widely Accepted. Almost 10 million people in the U.S. drink naturally fluoridated water at the optimum level in their communities. In the U.S., 171 million people drink optimally fluoridated water (67% of this country). Of the largest 50 cities in the U.S., 43 are fluoridated. Almost one-half billion people worldwide drink fluoridated water.

  1. Water Fluoridation is Cost Effective. The average cost of providing fluoridated water to residents of a community varies and depends on the size of the community. In Maine on the average, fluoridation probably costs around a dollar per person per year. Compare that to the cost of one average filling. Every dollar spent on fluoridation saves an estimated $38 in dental care costs.

  1. Water Fluoridation is Beneficial for a Lifetime. Studies show that people who drink optimally fluoridated water from birth can experience up to 40% less decay over their lifetime.

Oral Health Program

Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention

Maine Department of Health & Human Services

Tel: (207) 287-2361 TTY: 800-606-0215

May 2010

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