Community water fluoridation is the single most effective public health measure to prevent tooth decay. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention proclaim community water fluoridation one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century, along with use of vaccinations and recognition of tobacco use as a health hazard.
As president of the Wisconsin Dental Association, representing 3,145 dentists and dental hygienists committed to improving oral health in our state, I urge Holmen to start community water fluoridation and Onalaska and other area municipalities to continue fluoridation, because:
- Fluoridation works. Even with fluoridated toothpaste and mouth rinses, studies show community water fluoridation reduces tooth decay at least 25 percent during an individual’s lifetime.
- Fluoridation is safe. Numerous groups, including the World Health Organization and the American Dental Association, over the past 67 years have confirmed the safety of fluoride in drinking water at levels recommended for preventing tooth decay.
- Fluoridation is cost-effective. Studies show every $1 invested in water fluoridation saves a community $38 in future dental treatment costs.
There is no safer, easier or economical way to prevent tooth decay than public water fluoridation.
I encourage municipal leaders to get the facts before making decisions that will affect the health of all residents. The facts show community water fluoridation is the way to go.