Community Water Fluoridation
Currently 76.7% of people served by community water systems receive optimally fluoridated water, reaching 69.5% of Florida's population.
Fluoridating the public water supply is the most cost-effective means of preventing dental decay with positive effects ranging throughout all ages. The constant contact of low concentrations of fluoride in the oral cavity that occurs when people drink fluoridated water has been shown to significantly reduce dental caries.
State funds and technical assistance are available through the Public Health Dental Program to help with initial efforts to authorize fluoridation and start-up costs.
January 7, 2011—Changes Proposed to National Fluoridation Level
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has proposed an adjustment to the recommendation for the optimal fluoride level in drinking water to prevent tooth decay.
Learn more about the proposed changes on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Community Water Fluoridation: Questions and Answers page. See the HHS press release.
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
American Dental Association (ADA)
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Oral Health America