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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.



Event Benefits Children of the Sioux Falls Area

A charitable dental event hosted by the Southeastern District Dental Society provided free dental care to 109 children from the Sioux Falls area.  More than $145,000 of chartable dental care was provide by 50 area dentists and dental office staff.  An additional 50 non-clinical volunteers also helped at the event.  Major sponsors of the event include the Sioux Empire United Way, Delta Dental Foundation, Henry Schein and the South Dakota Dental Foundation.