Fluoride added to Wilmington water system

Reported by Kim Ratcliff – bio |email

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT)- During the first week of August, the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority plans introduce fluoride in to the water system in the northern part of New Hanover County.

The Sweeney water treatment facility has been fluoridating water in the greater Wilmington area since 1954.

The following is information from the New Hanover County Health Department:

The Benefits of Fluoride

Since community water fluoridation began in 1945, it has been demonstrated to be a safe and cost-effective way to prevent tooth decay. Fluoridation protects teeth in two ways:

  • When delivered through the water supply to children during the tooth forming years.
  • Through direct contact with teeth throughout life.

Other benefits of fluoride:

  • Community water fluoridation is an effective, safe, and inexpensive way to prevent tooth decay. This method of fluoride delivery benefits Americans of all ages and socioeconomic status.
  • Brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste is an easy way to prevent tooth decay.
  • Fluoridation, which was started in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1945, has been used successfully in the United States for more than 50 years. It benefits both children and adults.
  • Fluoride works by stopping or even reversing the decay process. It keeps tooth enamel strong and solid.
  • Community water fluoridation is considered one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century.
  • Because older Americans are now keeping their teeth longer, fluoride will continue to be important for preventing tooth decay in this age group. Older Americans are especially susceptible to tooth decay because of exposed root surfaces and mouth dryness that may result from many medications.

A map showing the service boundaries for all systems, particularly the nano-filtration facility system (232) to be introduced fluoride in August can be found at the link below. For more information to include frequently asked questions and a fluoride worksheet for kids, please visit the link provided via our web site at http://www.cfpua.org/index.aspx?nid=257

Copyright 2010 WECT. All rights reserved.