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Map helps residents assess dental benefits of water
Updated: 9/5/2008 4:00:37 PM

Map helps residents assess dental benefits of water Residents of Pennsylvania now have the opportunity to see whether their drinking water has a sufficient amount of fluoride to improve their dental health.

An interactive online map uses different shading properties to identify communities in which the public water supply is fluoridated.

Dr Thomas W. Gamba, president of the Pennsylvania Dental Association, said that adding the chemical to drinking water is "one of the easiest and most effective" methods of improving oral health.

"Property fluoridated water has been proven by more than 60 years of research and testing to reduce tooth decay by 20 to 40 percent," he explained.

According to PA Fluoride NOW, it costs between 50 cents and $3 per person per year to bring fluoride up to optimized levels in drinking water.

However, the group claims that $38 per person per year is saved in healthcare costs due to this enhancement.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's goal is for 75 percent of U.S. residents to have access to fluoridated drinking water.

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