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Connecticut State Dental Association Educates Legislators on Water Fluoridation during Dental Day at the Capitol

Today the Connecticut State Dental Association (CSDA) hosted “Dental Day” at the State Capitol building in Hartford. CSDA members had the chance to discuss issues effecting dentistry in Connecticut with legislators and express support for the proposed adjustment to fluoridation levels in public water sources throughout the state.

Today the Connecticut State Dental Association (CSDA) hosted “Dental Day” at the State Capitol building in Hartford. CSDA members had the chance to discuss issues effecting dentistry in Connecticut with legislators and express support for the proposed adjustment to fluoridation levels in public water sources throughout the state. 

“Fluoridation has a long history of safe and effective reduction of dental decay, known as dental caries,” stated Dr. William Nash, President of the Connecticut State Dental Association. “Children living below the poverty line often have more untreated dental caries, which results in pain, loss of classroom time and diverts attention from school. Without proper levels of fluoride in public drinking water, the impact on low income individuals would be far worse.”

The recently proposed HB 5350 would allow Connecticut water companies servicing over 20,000 customers to adjust fluoridation levels along with the national recommended public water fluoridation standards. Connecticut would have the ability to conform to any new findings by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on the optimal level of water fluoridation. The fluoride level recommendation has most recently been modified to account for the many other sources of fluoride such as food, toothpastes and professional treatments.

The CSDA continuously works closely with key legislators to ensure all Connecticut residents have access to quality dental care. Dental Day at the Capitol provides an opportunity for CSDA members to meet directly with elected officials to express their opinions on the current state of dental and oral health care issues in Connecticut.

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