A simple way to improve public health

A simple way to improve public health

Community water fluoridation is an American standard and one of our top achievements in public health because of its ability to prevent tooth decay in children and improve the oral health of people of all ages.

Here in Washington, many of our residents in places like Seattle and Yakima already have access to water with a good balance of fluoride. However, some of our public water systems lack this basic foundation for good oral health. It is important that we give all of our state’s residents the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of improved oral health that come from water fluoridation.

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Health
benefits

Fluoride protects our mouths from the bacteria that cause tooth decay. People living in communities with water fluoridation have healthier teeth and fewer cavities than those living in communities without it.

Community benefits

Not everyone can afford regular visits to the dentist, but drinking water with the right balance of fluoride gives everyone a fair chance of fighting tooth decay and enjoying the benefits of good oral health.

Health
benefits

Fluoride protects our mouths from the bacteria that cause tooth decay. People living in communities with water fluoridation have healthier teeth and fewer cavities than those living in communities without it.

Community
benefits

Not everyone can afford regular visits to the dentist, but drinking water with the right balance of fluoride gives everyone a fair chance of fighting tooth decay and enjoying the benefits of good oral health.

Health
benefits

Fluoride protects our mouths from the bacteria that cause tooth decay. People living in communities with water fluoridation have healthier teeth and fewer cavities than those living in communities without it.

Community benefits

Not everyone can afford regular visits to the dentist, but drinking water with the right balance of fluoride gives everyone a fair chance of fighting tooth decay and enjoying the benefits of good oral health.

A public health success story

Water fluoridation is a unique American story. The link between mineral-rich water with fluoride and reduced cavities was first found in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Further research led to communities throughout the country choosing to provide a good balance of fluoride in their drinking water systems, beginning in the 1940s. Research shows that water fluoridation is the most cost-effective and equitable way of preventing cavities and tooth decay in people of all ages.

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A public health success story

Water fluoridation is a unique American story. The link between mineral-rich water with fluoride and reduced cavities was first found in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Further research led to communities throughout the country choosing to provide a good balance of fluoride in their drinking water systems, beginning in the 1940s. Research shows that water fluoridation is the most cost-effective and equitable way of preventing cavities and tooth decay in people of all ages.

Research shows that water fluoridation is the most cost-effective and equitable way of preventing cavities and tooth decay in people of all ages.”
Research shows that water fluoridation is the most cost-effective and equitable way of preventing cavities and tooth decay in people of all ages.”

Community voices

Dr. Gary T. Chiodo

Optimal community water fluoridation is an effective public health measure for people of all ages. Over the past several decades, fluoridation has made an enormous impact on improving the oral health of the American people.

DR. GARY T. CHIODO
PROFESSOR AND DEAN, UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON SCHOOL OF DENTISTRY

Faaluaina “Lua” Pritchard

Every child deserves a healthy start in life, and an opportunity to grow into a productive adult. Water fluoridation makes sure that we all have the opportunity for good oral health.

FAALUAINA “LUA” PRITCHARD
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, ASIAN PACIFIC CULTURAL CENTER

Dr. Kathy Lofy

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that strengthens the enamel of teeth. Community water fluoridation is a public health prevention measure that benefits all residents.

DR. KATHY LOFY
STATE HEALTH OFFICER AND CHIEF SCIENCE OFFICER, WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

Dr. Gary T. Chiodo

Optimal community water fluoridation is an effective public health measure for people of all ages. Over the past several decades, fluoridation has made an enormous impact on improving the oral health of the American people.

DR. GARY T. CHIODO
PROFESSOR AND DEAN, UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON SCHOOL OF DENTISTRY

Faaluaina “Lua” Pritchard

Every child deserves a healthy start in life, and an opportunity to grow into a productive adult. Water fluoridation makes sure that we all have the opportunity for good oral health.

FAALUAINA “LUA” PRITCHARD
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, ASIAN PACIFIC CULTURAL CENTER

Dr. Kathy Lofy

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that strengthens the enamel of teeth. Community water fluoridation is a public health prevention measure that benefits all residents.

DR. KATHY LOFY
STATE HEALTH OFFICER AND CHIEF SCIENCE OFFICER, WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

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