As cities and towns across the country are looking to close massive budget gaps, many are looking to cut water fluoridation from their spending, causing public health officials to voice their support for continuing the practice.
Many dental experts say that fluoridation of public water supplies was one of the greatest advancements in public health in the 20th century for greatly improving dental health. But 21st century budgetary concerns have forced some municipals governments across the country to consider dumping the practice.
Sacramento's City Council recently took up the matter after an independent budget consultant estimated the city could save $836,000 per year, according to the Sacramento Press. The city is currently looking to close a $43 million budget gap.
However, dentists, school nurses and public health officials convened at a recent meeting of the council to protest the move.
Pauline Tracey, a school nurse at a city high school, told the council that water fluoridation is an invaluable tool for preventing cavities in young people and is "an effective, beneficial way to prevent both decay and promote the dental health of our students and the community at large," as quoted by the news source.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that water fluoridation can actually be an effective way for communities to save money by preventing the need for costly dental procedures.
For more information on discount dental plans call 1-888-632-5353.
© 2010 Brafton Inc.
The materials and articles published on DentalPlans.com are for informational purposes only. Although DentalPlans.com strives to be accurate and complete, the information is provided without liability for errors. DentalPlans.com does not warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information, text graphics, links, or other items contained on DentalPlans.com.
DentalPlans.com expressly disclaims liability for errors or omissions in these materials and DentalPlans.com makes no commitment to update the information on DentalPlans.com.
DentalPlans.com expressly disclaims all liability for the use or interpretation by others of information on DentalPlans.com. Decisions based on information contained on DentalPlans.com are the sole responsibility of the visitors, and visitors agree to hold DentalPlans.com and its Affiliates harmless against any claims for damages arising from decisions visitors make on such information.
Nothing on DentalPlans.com constitutes medical advice or other forms of advice. DentalPlans.com assumes no responsibility for material created or published by third parties linked to DentalPlans.com with or without DentalPlans.com’s knowledge.