CONCORD, New Hampshire – Today the New Hampshire Dental Society (NHDS) launched a new website (www.fluoridefactsnh.com) that serves to inform the public and address questions about community water fluoridation. The website includes general information on water fluoridation, its history, fast facts about fluoride and additional resources. The site also allows users to find local dentists.
“Research shows that optimally fluoridated drinking water is a safe and simple way to help prevent cavities, keep tooth enamel strong and protect against tooth decay,” said Jim Williamson, executive director for the New Hampshire Dental Society. “We built FluorideFactsNH.com to serve as a resource to help everyone understand the benefits of community water fluoridation, and get all of the facts in one place,” Williamson continued.
Leading health organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), American Dental Association and American Medical Association recommend fluoridated water as a safe and effective way to prevent tooth decay. The CDC has called water fluoridation one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century.
According to the new website, fluoridation of public water systems is simply the precise adjustment of the existing, naturally-occurring fluoride levels in drinking water to an optimal level recommended by the U.S. Public Health Service for the prevention of tooth decay. With this controlled amount of water fluoridation, instances of tooth decay may decrease between 20 to 40 percent.
NHDS reminds patients that, while fluoride in water can protect teeth, it is just one solution to maintaining overall dental health. Regular visits to a dentist are essential for both children and adults.
To learn more, please visit www.FluorideFactsNH.com.
About The New Hampshire Dental Society
The New Hampshire Dental Society is the professional association of dentists in New Hampshire. With more than 800 members, the association represents more than 84 percent of the practicing dentists in the state. For more information or to find a local dentist near you, please visit www.nhds.org or call (603) 225-5961.