SPRINGFIELD — The Clark County Combined Health District may ask voters to fluoridate the public water supply in Springfield and New Carlisle next year, which health officials say will improve dental health for more than 85,000 residents.
By the numbers
32: Percentage of Clark County residents who have had between one and five permanent teeth removed because of tooth decay or gum disease.
38.1: Percentage of Clark County adults who don’t have health insurance.
14.5: Percentage of Clark County children who have never been to the dentist.
Source: 2015 Community Health Assessment
Healthy Springfield: About this series
Many readers responded to a report late last year that ranked Springfield as the least healthy city in Ohio. That response — including wanting to make a positive difference — prompted the Springfield News-Sun to take a closer look at the community’s health. This year, the News-Sun will dig into the public health issues facing the city, including teen pregnancy rates and school lunch programs and efforts to improve them. Next month, the News-Sun will investigate mental health issues in the community.