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Department of Health & Human Services Recommends New Ratio of Fluoride in Municipal Drinking Water

The Connecticut State Dental Association (CSDA) today voiced its support for the Department of Health and Human Services announcement of the U.S. Public Health Service final recommendation for the optimal level of fluoride in community water systems.

The Connecticut State Dental Association (CSDA) today voiced its support for the Department of Health and Human Services announcement of the U.S. Public Health Service final recommendation for the optimal level of fluoride in community water systems. After years of scientific analysis taking different access points to fluoride into consideration, the new recommended ratio of fluoride to water is 0.7 parts per million. This newly calibrated recommendation will help to prevent fluorosis due to over-consumption of fluoride. 

“The new ruling demonstrates that fluoridation of public water continues to be a beneficial and important tactic in advancing and improving the oral health of all Connecticut residents,” said Dr. Jeffrey Berkley, CSDA President. “These new recommended levels also demonstrate that scientific evidence can and should guide public policy on this issue.”

The CSDA urges municipalities to continue to fluoridate community water in accordance with the new recommended ratio. Residents in communities who do not have fluoridated community water are urged to educate their lawmakers about the far-reaching benefits of water fluoridation, and to ask their dentists about alternative sources of fluoride such as supplements or fluoride toothpaste.

“Fluoride in drinking water is proven to benefit overall dental health,” explained Dr. Berkley. “Water fluoridation is safe and effective, which is proven by the seventy years of scientific research. The CSDA is committed to educating Connecticut residents about oral health and advocating for the best practices in dentistry, and one of those practices is fluoridation in community water supply.”

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About the Connecticut State Dental Association
With approximately 2,600 members, including dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants, the Connecticut State Dental Association (CSDA) advocates for the public’s health and promotes the profession of dentistry. The CSDA is the trusted leader and voice for oral health care in Connecticut. For more information about the CSDA, visit the Association's website at www.csda.com.

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