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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.



Recognize Someone Who Has Impacted Dentistry In South Dakota

If you know someone in your district or anywhere in the state who has made outstanding contributions to dentistry in South Dakota, please submit his/her name to the South Dakota Dental Association to be considered for recognition and an award. The awards are presented during the Awards Lunch at the SDDA Annual Session. The SDDA Executive Committee will make the final determination. To review the award categories and nominate someone, use the SDDA Award Nomination Form.