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Currently 76.7% of people served by community water systems receive optimally fluoridated water, reaching 69.5% of Florida's population.
Fluoridating the public water supply is the most cost-effective means of preventing dental decay with positive effects ranging throughout all ages. The constant contact of low concentrations of fluoride in the oral cavity that occurs when people drink fluoridated water has been shown to significantly reduce dental caries.
State funds and technical assistance are available through the Public Health Dental Program to help with initial efforts to authorize fluoridation and start-up costs.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has proposed an adjustment to the recommendation for the optimal fluoride level in drinking water to prevent tooth decay.
Learn more about the proposed changes on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Community Water Fluoridation: Questions and Answers page. See the HHS press release.
Florida Department of Health Policy Statement on Fluoridation
Text Version (PDF* 20 KB)*
All fluoridating community water systems are monitored on a monthly basis to ensure the quality of fluoridation and that optimal fluoride levels are maintained. Approximately 90% of the systems consistently maintain optimal fluoride levels. On a quarterly basis, each water system is sent an individual feedback report detailing the status of their system. Systems not meeting optimal levels are followed up to determine their problem and offered assistance, if needed.
Criteria for monitoring water systems are as follows:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Information on Water Fluoridation
My Water's Fluoride
Oral Health Maps
U.S. Surgeon General Statement on Water Fluoridation
Infant Formula Information
American Dental Association (ADA)
Information on Fluoride and Fluoridation
List of Organizations Supporting Fluoridation
Internet Resources on Fluoride and Fluoridation
ADA Statement on Fluoride in Drinking Water: A Scientific Review of EPA Standards
Communities in the United States recently voting to authorize fluoridation (PDF 20 KB)*
ADA Infant Formula Interim Guidelines
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Letter reassuring and educating concerned citizen
Administrative Rule 62-555.325 Regarding Fluoridation (PDF 269 KB)*
Monthly Operational Report for PWSs Fluoridating Water (PDF 37 KB) *
American Water Works Association (AWWA)
Information on Fluoridation
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Fact Sheet Showing Fluoridation Not Associated with Cancer
Oral Health America
National Center for Fluoridation
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