Fluoride in the News


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Recent fluoridation status update:

  1. Lake City – For over two decades, Lake City’s water systems were fluoridated until a new water treatment plant was constructed in 2007. Since then, the city’s residents did not have the benefit of fluoridation in their water supply. An oral health coalition comprised of the local health department, dentists, and hygienists worked to restart fluoridation in this area. On March 21, the Lake City Council voted unanimously to restart their community water fluoridation program. 
  2. Clearwater – On April 11, the Clearwater City Council voted 4-1 to accelerate the construction of their community water fluoridation system to 2018. The city was not going to fluoridate its water until all three of its water-treatment facilities were built and operational. Two of them are currently in operation and those residents receiving water are not getting the benefits of fluoridation. The council decided to accelerate its plans for a community water fluoridation program and have it up and running by 2018.
  3. Collier County – Fluoridated since 1985, Collier County recently saw an effort to halt this practice. In a heavily attended commission meeting, advocates for and against fluoridation turned up on May 10 to speak to the subject. Commissioners decided to vote in favor with the scientific community presented, and in a 4-1 vote decided to keep fluoridation in Collier County.
  4. Wellington – In 2014, the Wellington City Council voted to halt fluoridating their water systems. Since that year, oral health advocates in the area educated the council members on the health benefits and scientific validity of community water fluoridation. On June 28, 2016, the Wellington City Council brought the issue of fluoridation back for a vote. The council voted unanimously in a 5-0 decision to begin fluoridating their water systems once again.
  5. Perry -  On July 29, the Perry City Council held a meeting to review their 2016-2017 budget. In this budget only meeting, they voted unanimously to stop fluoridation. The meeting was held on a Friday, and over the weekend they realized the council realized they had made a mistake in bringing up this issue during their budget meeting. The following Tuesday the council held another meeting and local dentists, their families and Florida Department of Health staff attended and spoke on behalf of fluoridation. The council voted unanimously to reverse the decision they had made the previous week. Community water fluoridation has continued in Perry. 
  6. Flagler – On August 1, the Flagler County Commission held a fluoridation hearing. Several fluoride advocates were given the opportunity to present and a number of advocates were allowed to testify. After this informational meeting, another meeting was held on August 15 where a vote was taken. The Flagler County Commission voted to begin fluoridating their water systems.
  7. Port Orange – Port Orange has been fighting off attempts to stop their fluoridation program for years. The local advocates out there recently saw a win in the November election. They worked hard to support a pro-fluoride candidate, who was running against an anti-fluoride candidate in the Mayoral election. The pro-fluoride candidate won and community water fluoridation is expected to continue in Port Orange.

Fluoridation Team:

Joe Anne Hart
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Alexandra Abboud
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Dr. Mike Eggnatz
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Frequently Asked Questions about Fluoride and community water fluoridation.

Along with the overwhelming majority of the world’s health care organizations and leaders within the scientific community, the Florida Department of Health firmly supports and continues to recommend community water fluoridation as the most economical and effective means to control the major public health problem of dental caries.

– Celeste Philip, MD, MPH
Florida Surgeon General

Water fluoridation is the best method for delivering fluoride to all members of the community, regardless of age, education, income level or access to routine dental care. Fluoride’s effectiveness in preventing tooth decay extends throughout one’s life, resulting in fewer – and less severe – cavities. In fact, each generation born over the past 70 years has enjoyed better dental health than the one before it.

– Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., M.B.A.
United States Surgeon General

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