NH DHHS - Fluoridation Awards

City Water Systems in Concord, Dover, Laconia, Lebanon, Lancaster, and

Manchester Receive Award for Fluoridation Efforts

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services,

Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) announced today that the City of

Concord Water Treatment, City of Dover Water Department, Lancaster Water

Department, Laconia Water Works, Lebanon Water Department, and Manchester

Water Works have each been awarded a Water Fluoridation Quality Award from

the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Fluoridation is

the adjustment of the level of fluoride, a naturally occurring element, in

drinking water to an amount that is effective for preventing tooth decay.

The award recognizes those communities that achieved excellence in

community water fluoridation by maintaining an optimal level of fluoridated

water throughout 2014. In all, 2,282 awards will be given out across 33

states. Although seven of these have been awarded to New Hampshire

communities, less than half of the people served by a public water system

(46%) receive fluoridated water. New Hampshire ranks 43 in the country for

the fluoridation of public water systems. Many New Hampshire residents

receive water from private wells which may or may not have naturally

occurring fluoride.

“Community water fluoridation is one of the most effective ways that

communities can prevent tooth decay in children and adults,” stated Dr.

Katherine Weno, DDS, JD, Director, CDC Division of Oral Health. “Our

current research shows that people living in communities with fluoridated

water have about 25% fewer cavities.”

Community water fluoridation has been recognized by CDC as one of ten great

public health achievements of the 20th Century. Currently, nearly

three-quarters (73.9%)—or 204 million people in the United States—served by

community water systems have access to optimally fluoridated tap water. CDC

recommends water fluoridation as a safe, effective, and inexpensive method

of preventing tooth decay. In fact, every $1 invested in fluoridation saves

at least $38 in costs of dental treatment.

“The New Hampshire DPHS fully supports community water fluoridation as a

strategy to improve the public’s oral health. The proper amount of fluoride

from infancy through old age helps prevent and control tooth decay,” said

Marcella Bobinsky, Acting Director of Public Health at DPHS. “I commend the

high quality work of the water departments in Concord, Dover, Laconia

Lancaster, Lebanon and Manchester. All residents that receive water from

these municipal services can enjoy community water fluoridation’s safe and

protective benefits.”

For more information about fluoridation and drinking water, visit

www.cdc.gov/fluoridation or