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Community Water Fluoridation: The Outlook in Kansas

By | June 22, 2011

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Fact sheet: Community Water Fluoridation

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In 1945, Grand Rapids, MI, became the first city in the United States to add fluoride to its public water supply and, since then, other communities have followed suit. Over the past 65 years, this practice, known as community water fluoridation, has been shown to be safe and effective in preventing cavities.

Yet, many Kansans do not have access to fluoridated water supplies. Over 60 percent of public water systems in the state have water with fluoride concentrations below recommended levels.

This fact sheet examines community water fluoridation in Kansas, and discusses the national recommendations, dental health benefits and safety concerns related to the practice. To accompany the fact sheet, KHI has produced a brief video clip in which senior analyst Tatiana Lin discusses water fluoridation from a public health perspective.