Why Water Fluoridation is Good for Communities
Water Fluoridation for Healthy Communities is a strong proponent of equitable and sustainable health for every Coloradan. Water fluoridation is one viable way to help every member of the community achieve and maintain strong, healthy teeth.
Good oral health brings more benefits in addition to a beautiful smile. As a community, good oral health may translate to an improvement in various social and economic aspects.
In the wake of talks about discontinuing water fluoridation, we believe it’s more important than ever to bring forward correct, science-backed information about the range of health benefits of fluoride in tap water.
Here are some ways we benefit from the presence of fluorine in our drinking water.
Keep tooth decay at bay
One of the most common benefits of fluoride in drinking water is the prevention of one of the most common diseases among children: tooth decay. But the protective properties of fluorine are not exclusive to children. In fact, research reveals that the presence of fluoride in community water systems prevents at least 25% of tooth decay in both children and adults.
Keeps community members healthy and productive
Studies say that every year, approximately 51 million and 164 million school and work hours, respectively, are lost due to dental-related illnesses. Community water fluoridation fares so well in controlling tooth decay that it made Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s list of 10 great 20th-century public health achievements.
Recommended by experts
Scientific evidence has consistently affirmed the safety and efficacy of community water fluoridation. Many experts recognize the benefits of fluoride in water, and fluoridation has been endorsed for the prevention of dental decay by numerous health organizations including the U.S. Surgeons General, American Dental Association (ADA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the American Medical Association (AMA), the and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
The benefits of fluorine extend to household and local government budgets. This is because the average cost to fluoridate a water supply for every member of the household is less than the cost of a dental filling. In most cities, every $1 invested in water fluoridation yields a $38 saving in dental treatment costs.
The benefits of fluoride: what are the thoughts of community members?
Across Colorado, community members and leaders are speaking up about the role water fluoridation plays in supporting the health and well-being of our communities.