Alternatives to Standard Community Water Fluoridation

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Sep 01, 2000


Matthew D. Shepherd, Ph.D.,

Kim S. Kimminau, Ph.D.,

Barbara E. Starrett, M.H.A.


Since the 1940s, many communities have chosen to use public water as the principal means of delivering fluoride to their citizens. Wichita/Sedgwick County, Kansas does not currently add fluoride to its water. Under contract to the Wichita/Sedgwick County Board of Health, the Kansas Health Institute conducted a study examining alternatives to standard public water fluoridation. An assessment of the dental health of children in that community also was a component of the research.

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