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Nine Iowa communities honored for commitment to fluoridation

This news story was published on May 4, 2019.
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DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced today that nine Iowa communities have been awarded the Certificate of Appreciation – 50 Year Award from the American Dental Association (ADA), Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for continuously adjusting and maintaining the optimal level of fluoride in drinking water from 1968-2018 to prevent tooth decay. These communities are Allison Water Supply, Atlantic Municipal Utilities, Eldridge Water Supply, Fort Madison Municipal Water Works, Iowa Falls Water Department, Kalona Water Department, Milford Municipal Utilities, Spirit Lake Waterworks and Woodbine Water Department.

“Water fluoridation is a proven method that decreases dental decay. There is benefit for both children and adults; it further helps to drive down costs and unnecessary dental treatment,” said IDPH Dental Director, Dr. Bob Russell.

Community water fluoridation has been recognized by CDC as one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th Century. Today, 74% of Americans and 70% of Iowans served by community water systems have access to optimally fluoridated water. Even with the availability of other fluoride-containing products, fluoridated water prevents approximately 25% of tooth decay in children and adults.

IDPH supports CDC approved fluoridation programs. The IDPH Bureau of Oral and Health Delivery Systems monitors the fluoride levels of Iowa communities and provides information and assistance to water supply professionals, healthcare professionals, and the public. To see the current fluoridation status of Iowa communities, visit the CDC website – My Water’s Fluoride.”

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2 Responses to Nine Iowa communities honored for commitment to fluoridation

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    The good doctor remembers Reply Report comment

    May 5, 2019 at 7:31 am

    Fluoride is the devils poison and while it does naturally occur, the stuff being introduced into our water is nothing more than a derivative of fertilizer.

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    nyscof Reply Report comment

    May 5, 2019 at 6:22 am

    This is a PR effort to put a positive spin on fluoridation which science no longer supports

    4800 science-citing professionals urge abandoning fluoridation as ineffective and harmful in this statement

    An International dental group gives 10 science-backed reasons to avoid fluoride and fluoridation