Tuesday, October 4, 2011

U.S. Federal Innovation 9/365: Fluoridation of Drinking Water

Over a twenty-year period beginning in the 1930's, work by National Institutes of Health-supported scientists revealed that low levels of fluoride in drinking water prevented cavities. The research led to fluoridation of drinking water nationwide in the U.S. The goal of the program, which resulted in dramatic decreases in dental caries in the U.S., was to improve the dental health of disadvantaged populations who have limited access to medical care. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has named drinking water fluoridation one of the ten great public health achievements of the 20th century. Source: Wikipedia.

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