Profile America: Water Fluoridation

Wednesday, January 30th. Early this month in 1967, the first fluoridation law in the country went into effect. Connecticut required fluoridation of public water supplies serving 20,000 or more population to combat tooth decay. The requirement was extended to the whole state later that year. Water fluoridation began in 1945, when the cities of Newburgh, New York, and Grand Rapids, Michigan, began adding sodium fluoride to their public water systems.

There are 1.2 million miles of water supply lines in America today. Some 102 million of America’s 116 million occupied housing units are connected to public water lines. As most water utilities fluoridate, some three quarters of our population have such treated community water on tap.

You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online.

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