Michigan Communities Recognized for Commitment to Water Fluoridation
Monday, August 3, 2015
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced eight Michigan communities have been recognized by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for their contributions to oral health through community water fluoridation.
The City of Brighton, the City of Mason, and Plainfield Township have been recognized as part of the 2014 Community Water Fluoridation 50 Year Awards, which recognize communities that have maintained a community water fluoridation program for the last 50 years. Boyne City, City of Bronson, Village of Cassopolis, City of East Jordan, and Traverse City received 2014 Community Water Fluoridation Reaffirmation Awards for reaffirming their commitment to maintaining a community water fluoridation program through a public vote, community council vote, or other commitment during the year.
These awards demonstrate the commitment to quality by these community water systems. Water fluoridation benefits all residents of a community and it has demonstrated its effectiveness in preventing tooth decay throughout one’s lifetime.
Community water fluoridation has been recognized by the CDC as one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th Century. The CDC recommends water fluoridation as a safe, effective, and inexpensive method of preventing decay. In fact, every $1 invested in fluoridation saves at least $38 in costs for dental treatment.
Michigan consistently exceeds the CDC recommendations for community water supplies by having 90 percent of our population on community water systems accessing fluoridated water.
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Source: Michigan Department of Health and Human Services