CHICAGO, May 28, 2014—Marking 69 years of community water fluoridation, the American Dental Association (ADA), the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently honored 130 states and communities with 2013 Fluoridation Awards at the National Oral Health Conference at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel.
The honorees are:
- California earned the State Fluoridation Initiative Award as the state having the greatest increase in population receiving fluoridated water in 2013.
- Storm Lake, Iowa; Hounsfield Water District No. 5, New York; and Bradford, Vermont, were recognized with Community Fluoridation Initiative Awards for passing water fluoridation initiatives during 2013.
- Another 30 communities in 13 states earned Fluoridation Reaffirmation Awards for defeating initiatives to discontinue fluoridation or approving initiatives to maintain fluoridation.
- Nine states earned State Fluoridation Quality Awards for maintaining the quality of fluoridation and optimal fluoride levels.
- 85 water systems in 29 states earned Fifty Year Awards for achieving 50 years of continuous water fluoridation during the past calendar year.
In addition, the “Tampa Bay Times” and Pinellas County Dental Association, Upper Pinellas County Dental Association and Pinellas County Oral Health Coalition received Fluoridation Merit Awards for their efforts to reinstate fluoridation in Pinellas County, Fla., after county commissioners voted to stop fluoridating in 2011. The “Tampa Bay Times” earned a Pulitzer Prize in 2013 for its pro-fluoridation editorials and the local dental associations and oral health coalition were instrumental in mounting a grassroots effort to bring fluoridated water back to nearly 1 million people in the county.
Visit ADA.org for the complete list of winners.