The Minnesota Department of Health announced today that the City of Red Wing has been awarded a Water Fluoridation Quality Award from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Fluoridation is the adjustment of fluoride in drinking water to a level that is effective for preventing tooth decay. This award recognizes those communities that achieved excellence in community water fluoridation by maintaining a consistent level of fluoride in drinking water throughout 2017.
For 2017, a total of 1,499 public water systems (PWSs) in 30 states received these awards, including 233 of 605 possible fluoridating PWSs in Minnesota.
“Water fluoridation is one of the best investments that a community can make in maintaining the oral health of its citizens. It is equally as effective in preventing cavities in children and adults,” stated Casey Hannan, MPH, Acting Director, CDC Division of Oral Health. “Fluoridation is also highly cost-effective. Studies continue to show that for every $1 a community invests in water fluoridation, $20 are saved in dental treatment costs.”
Community water fluoridation has been recognized by CDC as one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th Century. “Minnesota can be proud of its commitment to community water fluoridation. People of all ages and socioeconomic status have access to one of the most equitable ways to prevent tooth decay and improve overall health”, says Prasida Khanal, MPH, BDS, State Oral Health Director with the Minnesota Department of Health Oral Health Program.
For questions about Red Wing’s water system, contact Bob Stark, Deputy Director of Utilities or 651-388-5112 or visit the webpage www.red-wing.org/508/Water-Production-Treatment