Oklahoma Water Systems Recognized for Community Fluoridation | News

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) announced that the Muskogee Water Treatment Plant has one of 11 water systems in Oklahoma that have received a Water Fluoridation Quality Award from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the year. 2020.

Additionally, Tahlequah Public Works Authority – Lake Tenkiller Plant received the award.

Fluoridation is the adjustment of fluoride in drinking water to an effective level to prevent tooth decay. The award recognizes communities that have achieved excellence in community water fluoridation by maintaining a consistent optimal level of fluoride in drinking water throughout 2020.

“The Oklahoma State Department of Health supports community water fluoridation and recognizes that this practice is beneficial to all who drink and use the water,” said Dr. Jana Winfree, director of the dental health service. “Preventive dental care programs, such as community water fluoridation, are making a real difference in improving the health of Oklahomans.”

Community water fluoridation has been recognized by the CDC as one of the 10 Great Public Health Achievements of the 20th Century. The CDC recommends water fluoridation as one of the most practical, cost-effective, equitable, and safe measures a community can take to prevent tooth decay and improve oral health.

A total of 1,292 public water systems in 29 states received the award for 2020.

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