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City Water Systems in Concord, Dover, Laconia, Lebanon, Lancaster, and Manchester Receive Award for Fluoridation Efforts
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Oral Health Program
Publish Date:
September 3, 2015

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) announced today that the City of Concord Water Treatment, City of Dover Water Department, Lancaster Water Department, Laconia Water Works, Lebanon Water Department, and Manchester Water Works have each been awarded a Water Fluoridation Quality Award from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Fluoridation is the adjustment of the level of fluoride, a naturally occurring element, in drinking water to an amount that is effective for preventing tooth decay.

The award recognizes those communities that achieved excellence in community water fluoridation by maintaining an optimal level of fluoridated water throughout 2014. In all, 2,282 awards will be given out across 33 states. Although seven of these have been awarded to New Hampshire communities, less than half of the people served by a public water system (46%) receive fluoridated water. New Hampshire ranks 43 in the country for the fluoridation of public water systems. Many New Hampshire residents receive water from private wells which may or may not have naturally occurring fluoride.

"Community water fluoridation is one of the most effective ways that communities can prevent tooth decay in children and adults,” stated Dr. Katherine Weno, DDS, JD, Director, CDC Division of Oral Health. “Our current research shows that people living in communities with fluoridated water have about 25% fewer cavities."

Community water fluoridation has been recognized by CDC as one of ten great public health achievements of the 20th Century. Currently, nearly three-quarters (73.9%)—or 204 million people in the United States—served by community water systems have access to optimally fluoridated tap water. CDC recommends water fluoridation as a safe, effective, and inexpensive method of preventing tooth decay. In fact, every $1 invested in fluoridation saves at least $38 in costs of dental treatment.

"The New Hampshire DPHS fully supports community water fluoridation as a strategy to improve the public's oral health. The proper amount of fluoride from infancy through old age helps prevent and control tooth decay," said Marcella Bobinsky, Acting Director of Public Health at DPHS. "I commend the high quality work of the water departments in Concord, Dover, Laconia Lancaster, Lebanon and Manchester. All residents that receive water from these municipal services can enjoy community water fluoridation's safe and protective benefits."

For more information about fluoridation and drinking water, visit www.cdc.gov/fluoridation or www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/bchs/rhpc/oral/index.htm.

 
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