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Community Water Fluoridation

Contact the Public Health Dental Program

  •  850-245-4333
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    Mailing Address

    Public Health Dental Program 

    4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A14 

    Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1724 

Currently 77.0% of Floridians served by community water systems receive optimally fluoridated water.

Adding fluoride to 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 on teeth that occurs when people drink fluoridated water has been shown through studies and reviews of studies to significantly reduce dental caries.

State funds and technical assistance are available through the Public Health Dental Program to help Florida communities with initial efforts to authorize fluoridation and start-up costs. Since 1949 when Gainesville became the first community to initiate water fluoridation, the State of Florida trend has increased steadily to include more and more families gaining access and benefitting from the protective properties of optimally fluoridated water. If your community is interested in gaining access to fluoridation please contact the Public Health Dental Program at 850-245-4333.

April 27, 2015 – Recommendations for Fluoride Concentration in Drinking Water to Prevent Cavities

Through this final recommendation, the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) updates and replaces its 1962 Drinking Water Standards related to community water fluoridation—the controlled addition of a fluoride compound to a community water supply to achieve a concentration optimal for dental caries prevention. For these community water systems that add fluoride, PHS now recommends an optimal fluoride concentration of 0.7 milligrams/liter (mg/L).

Learn more about the proposed changes on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Community Water Fluoridation: Questions and Answers page.

Also see the Children’s Dental Health Project website for more information and a Q&A on the Updated Recommendation for Fluoride in Water. *

Fluoridation Links

World Health Organization (WHO)
Video Supporting Water Fluoridation

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Information on Water Fluoridation
Infant Formula Information

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)
Information on Fluoride
History of Water Fluoridation

American Dental Association (ADA)
Information on Fluoride and Fluoridation
Fluoridation Facts

Florida Department of Environmental Protection
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

American Academy of Pediatrics
Questions, answers and resources about fluoridation
Why Do Children Need Fluoride? (PDF 380 KB)*
Fluoride Cavity Fighter (PDF 326 KB) *

Children’s Dental Health Project
Children's Dental Health Project Website
State Standards Vary for Community Water Fluoridation (PDF 138 KB)*

British Fluoridation Society’s (BFS)
Information about the dental benefits and safety of water fluoridation

American Fluoridation Society (AFS)
Information on fluoride and all aspects of water fluoridation

*Note: This page contains materials in the Portable Document Format (PDF). The free Adobe Reader may be required to view these files.