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Oral Health Coalition : Fluoridated Drinking Water

Nearly all naturally occurring water sources contain fluoride. Fluoride is a compound that contains an ionic form of the element fluorine.  Fluoride is added in the treatment process by many public water systems. Fluoride in amounts between 0.9 and 1.7 milligrams per liter (mg/L) have been beneficial in reducing tooth decay. Water fluoridation prevents tooth decay mainly by providing teeth with frequent contact with low levels of fluoride throughout each day and throughout life. The American Dental Association endorses fluoridation of community water supplies as safe and effective for preventing tooth decay.  This support has been the Association's position since 1950.  To read more about fluoride in drinking water visit by visiting the American Dental Association's web site click here.

To see the average fluoride levels in the drinking water of South Dakota communities (as compiled by the SD Department of Environment and Natural Resources) click here.

 

SDDA News

Changes to the Dental Practice Act Proposed

The South Dakota Board of Dentistry is in the midst of a rewrite of the South Dakota Dental Practice Act. It has been nearly 20 years since the last major update to the Practice Act. The SDDA has formed a task force to review the Board's proposed changes and to provide insight and recommendations to both the Board of Dentistry and the SDDA Board of Trustees. A draft of the Board's proposed changes can be requested from the Board at:contactus@sdboardofdentistry.com