The Florida Dental Association (FDA) recently named the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority a winner of the association's 50-Year Award. The announcement was made during the National Oral Health Conference in Fort Worth, Texas.
The award was presented by the American Dental Association, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors in recognition of the aqueduct authority's 50 years of public service providing community water fluoridation.
The process involves adjustment of the level of naturally occurring fluoride in water to optimal levels to protect teeth and reduce dental decay by as much as 20 to 40 percent.
The American Dental Association reports that fluoridation of community water supplies is the single most effective public health measure to prevent dental decay.