Water Fluoridation

Why We Add Fluoride to Water:
The natural fluoride in a community’s water supply sometimes is not at the optimal level to prevent tooth decay and so we have to adjust it for the greatest benefit to all. The acceptable level ranges from 0.7 – 1.2 parts fluoride to one million parts water.

Over 300 million people in more than 40 countries worldwide enjoy the benefits of fluoridated water. In the United States, approximately 145 million people in more than 10,000 communities benefit from drinking fluoridated water.

Fluoridation is Safe
Over 50 years of research and experience have shown that fluoridation at optimal levels does not harm people or the environment.

How much fluoride is a healthy amount?

Fluoride is a Community Choice
Every year, many city councils, health boards and voters take action to fluoridate their water supply. Community leaders have come to realize that fluoridation benefits the entire community—adults, children, and senior citizens. Community water fluoridation does not discriminate against anyone based on income, education, or race. Simply by drinking fluoridated water, everyone in a community is protected, especially those without access to regular dental care.

Fluoride is Cost Effective and Safe
Fluoridation is not costly. Depending on a community size, the type of equipment used and labor costs, water fluoridation costs average from 20-50 cents per person per year. Over a lifetime, this is less than the cost of one dental filling to repair one decayed tooth. Remember, when it comes to the costs of treating dental disease, everyone pays. Not just those who need treatment, but all of us—through higher health insurance premiums and higher taxes. Cutting dental care costs by decreasing dental decay is something a community can do to improve oral health and save money for all of us.

California families can benefit from this safe and effective public health measure for less and 50 cents per person per year! How much does it cost to neglect fluoridating public water?

Current Costs of Oral Disease:
Cost of one filling $140
Funds lost per school day (ADA) $ 26
Yearly Cost to the State of California (Denti-Cal) $700 million

Cost of fluoridating Arcata Water
= 50 cents per year per person
Just $2 for a family of four!

By preventing just one cavity in each child, California’s taxpayers would save more than $385 million within five years. The cost to provide fluoridated water to one person for a lifetime is less than the cost of a single dental filling.
Fluoride is very cost effective!

“Community water fluoridization is one of the ten greatest public health achievements of the century.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Fluoride occurs naturally in Water.  Its nature’s way to prevent tooth decay.

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