Community Water Fluoridation
Contact the Public Health Dental Program
乐动体育登录Public Health Dental Program
乐动体育登录4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A14
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1724
Currently 77.0% of Floridians served by community water systems receive optimally fluoridated water.
Adding fluoride to the public water supply is the most cost-effective means of preventing dental decay with positive effects ranging throughout all ages. The constant contact of low concentrations of fluoride on teeth that occurs when people drink fluoridated water has been shown through studies and reviews of studies to significantly reduce dental caries.
State funds and technical assistance are available through the Public Health Dental Program to help Florida communities with initial efforts to authorize fluoridation and start-up costs. Since 1949 when Gainesville became the first community to initiate water fluoridation, the State of Florida trend has increased steadily to include more and more families gaining access and benefitting from the protective properties of optimally fluoridated water. If your community is interested in gaining access to fluoridation please contact the Public Health Dental Program at firstname.lastname@example.org乐动体育登录 or 850-245-4333.
April 27, 2015 – Recommendations for Fluoride Concentration in Drinking Water to Prevent Cavities
乐动体育登录Through this final recommendation, the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) updates and replaces its 1962 Drinking Water Standards related to community water fluoridation—the controlled addition of a fluoride compound to a community water supply to achieve a concentration optimal for dental caries prevention. For these community water systems that add fluoride, PHS now recommends an optimal fluoride concentration of 0.7 milligrams/liter (mg/L).
Learn more about the proposed changes on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention page.
Also see the Children’s Dental Health Project website for and a Q&A on the Updated Recommendation for Fluoride in Water. *
Map of Population Served by Fluoridated Water Systems in Florida
乐动体育登录Fluoridation Status of Community Water Systems in Florida
Population Receiving Optimally Fluoridated Water by Florida’s Counties
World Health Organization (WHO)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)
American Dental Association (ADA)
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
American Water Works Association (AWWA)
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Oral Health America
American Academy of Pediatrics
Questions, answers and resources about
Why Do Children Need Fluoride? (PDF 380 KB)*
Fluoride Cavity Fighter (PDF 326 KB) *
Children’s Dental Health Project
State Standards Vary for Community Water Fluoridation (PDF 138 KB)*
British Fluoridation Society’s (BFS)
American Fluoridation Society (AFS)
*Note: This page contains materials in the Portable Document Format (PDF). The free may be required to view these files.