Statement/Letter of Support of Community Water Fluoridation

On behalf of [NAME OR ORGANIZATION NAME], I/we offer our support for community water fluoridation and its ability to improve health, reduce tooth decay and, thereby, lower the need for dental treatments in our community.

We want our community to benefit from proven forms of prevention, and fluoridation is one of them. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has proclaimed community water fluoridation as one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century. The past five Surgeons General, the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the other leading dental, medical, and public health organizations recommend community water fluoridation. The safety and effectiveness of fluoridation are backed up by more than 70 years of research and experience. Of the hundreds of credible scientific studies on fluoridation, none has shown health problems associated with the consumption of optimally fluoridated water. For more information, please see www.cdc.gov/fluoridation and www.ilikemyteeth.org.

Fluoridated water is the first line of defense against tooth decay for our community. Recent research in Canada shows that tooth decay rates rise when a community stops fluoridating its water. This means that local residents spend more money on decay-related dental problems.

Evidence shows that for most communities, every $1 invested in fluoridation saves $38 by reducing the need for fillings and other costly dental treatments.

We can do better and we must do better. We urge support of fluoridation because it plays a key role in improving the oral health of our communities.

Sincerely,

[NAME/S]
[TITLE]
[ORGANIZATION]
[CITY]
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