ADA urges Congress to include state, local fluoridation systems in infrastructure revitalization

Washington — The ADA is asking Congress to include state and local water fluoridation systems in legislation to revitalize the nation’s infrastructure.

In an April 30 letter to House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, ADA President Daniel J. Klemmedson, D.D.S., M.D., and Executive Director Kathleen T. O’Loughlin, D.M.D., urged lawmakers to include a “one-time supplemental infusion of funds” to help states and local municipalities revitalize their water fluoridation infrastructure.

“Doing so would be timely considering that a new water fluoridation technology — the first advancement in water fluoridation in decades — has just come to market,” Drs. Klemmedson and O’Loughlin said.

In the letter, Drs. Klemmedson and O’Loughlin pointed out that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has hailed community water fluoridation as one of 10 “great public health achievements of the 20th century” and noted, for over 75 years, fluoride has been “an effective, reliable and inexpensive way to reduce tooth decay by at least 25 percent in the population.” They also cited ADA data estimating that individuals can enjoy a lifetime of fluoridated water for less than the cost of one dental filling.