Fluoride is one of several examples of everyday products fortified to improve our health — iodine is added to salt, folic acid is added to breads and cereals, and Vitamin D is added to milk.
U.S. court decisions have rejected the argument that fluoride is a medication.
Fact #3: Fluoridation is the most cost-effective way to prevent tooth decay and build healthy communities.
Evidence shows that for most cities, every $1 invested in fluoridation saves $38 in costs to treat dental problems.
In Texas, the state saved $24 per child, per year in Medicaid expenditures because of the cavities that were prevented by drinking fluoridated water.
Water fluoridation saved the state of Colorado nearly $149 million by avoiding unnecessary dental treatment.
Fact #4: Fluoridation is a public health measure, a modest community-wide investment that benefits everyone.
Fluoride exists naturally in virtually all water supplies, so it isn’t a question of choosing, but a question of assuring that people receive the right amount to prevent tooth decay.
Public health decisions are made based on what benefits the entire community and on sound scientific evidence.
Our tax dollars help pay to fix dental problems that result from tooth decay. For example, in New York, Medicaid enrollees in counties where fluoridation was rare needed 33.4% more fillings, root canals, and extractions than those in counties where there was fluoridated water.