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To mark its 20th anniversary, the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors is recognizing important achievements in chronic disease prevention and control during the past two decades. In naming the 10 most important advances, "reduction in tooth decay, gum disease and tooth loss" was No. 5.
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In 1974, a 17-year-old had, on average, more than six teeth affected by tooth decay. In 2004, that number was less than two. Every dollar spent on community water fluoridation saves from $7 to $42 in treatment costs, depending on the size of the community.
At least 60 percent of the U.S. population on public water systems received fluoridated water since 1990, translating to savings in dental treatment costs of more than $25.7 billion in just the past decade. Please support this important achievement and vote for water fluoridation to benefit our community.