Adjusting fluoride in the public drinking water helps make your tooth enamel stronger and keeps your teeth healthy. This is called community water fluoridation. Research shows that the right amount of fluoride in drinking water lowers tooth decay in 1 out of every 3 children and 1 out of every 4 adults. Getting fluoride from different sources is the best way to protect you from tooth decay. A great way to get fluoride is to drink tap water with fluoride and brush every day with a fluoride toothpaste.
There’s fluoride in all fresh water. Community water fluoridation adjusts the fluoride level in the public water supply to prevent tooth decay. The Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality sets a safe level of fluoride in water to protect you from tooth decay. They also help protect the environment. The decision to adjust the fluoride level in public water supplies is made by your local town or city council. They follow these guidelines to keep the level of fluoride in drinking water safe.
Community water fluoridation helps people of all ages, gender, ethnicity, education, and income. In Alberta, 2 out of every 5 people have access to fluoride in their drinking water. To find out if your community has fluoridated water, check with your town or city council.
Community water fluoridation prevents tooth decay and lowers the need for dental treatment. This saves families and the healthcare system money. Every $1 spent on community water fluoridation can save up to $93 per person in dental treatment costs. Adjusting fluoride in public drinking water is a simple, low cost way to prevent tooth decay for everyone, no matter their income.
Current as of: October 23, 2018
Author: Provincial Oral Health Office, Alberta Health Services
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