TO FLUORIDE OR NOT TO FLUORIDE
One of the most significant developments in the history of dental preventive care has been the initiation of water fluoridation programs throughout the different local communities within the United States. The Center for Disease Control has consistently confirmed the safety and effectiveness of these programs in significantly reducing the prevalence of tooth decay in children. In 1945, Grand Rapids, Michigan became the first city to adjust the fluoride levels in its water supply. Now sixty eight years later, more than 204 million U.S. residents—just under 74% of the total population benefit from publicly fluoridated water. Even overseas, while serving as the army community preventive dental officer, I was responsible for ensuring that the water supply for the local army base, its soldiers and their families was properly fluoridated.
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