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June 5, 2013

Community water fluoridation “benefits all”

“A lifetime of cavity prevention can be obtained for less than the cost of one dental filling,” said U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, M.D., when speaking about the health benefits of fluoride.

In a letter presented during the 2013 National Oral Health Conference, Dr. Benjamin praised community water fluoridation for its effectiveness in preventing tooth decay in both children and adults, noting that “each generation born since the implementation of water fluoridation has enjoyed better dental health than the generation that preceded it.”

One of the most important things about community water fluoridation is that it “benefits all” residents of a community, she said.

“These benefits are not limited by a person’s income level or their ability to receive routine dental care.”