Fluoridation

2018 Quality Fluoridation Awards

Congratulations to the 2018 Quality Fluoridation Awardees! Click below to see who made our list for serving their communities with 12 straight months of quality community water fluoridation. Also included is our list of systems who have participated in 50 years of community water fluoridation! Congratulations on a great year!

2018 Surface Water Quality Awards

2018 Ground Water Quality Awards

2018 50 Year Awards

Attention Alabama Public Water Systems: 2020 Grant Opportunity

The Alabama Department of Public Health Oral Health Office is excited to announce we are seeking applications for competitive funding to issue grant funds to public water systems wishing to initiate, update, or expand the basic public health practice of community water fluoridation. If selected, each public water system will have the opportunity to be awarded up to $25,000.00 for the purpose of continuing or starting the process of Community Water Fluoridation. To apply, please review and respond to the following Request For Proposal by or before September 20, 2019:

RFP: 2020 Community Water Fluoridation Grant

Fluoridation Toolkit

In support of Community Water Fluoridation and the positive impact it has had across the nation regarding oral health for over 70 years, the Alabama Department of Public Health Oral Health Office has drafted a State Fluoridation Toolkit to be downloaded, printed, shared, and distributed across Alabama.

Through collaboration with the Michigan Oral Health Coalition, the Missouri Oral Health Coalition, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), we are proud to present this Fluoridation Toolkit which can be used to aid in the education and understanding of the positive impact, and continued use of community water fluoridation.

Download your copy of the State Fluoridation Toolkit!

For more than 70 years, community water fluoridation has been scientifically proven to reduce dental caries and improve the quality of life for adults and children across the United States. Fluoridation is the process of adjusting the amount of fluoride naturally found in water to a level known to reduce tooth decay and promote good oral health. All water contains some level of the mineral known as fluoride; however, most natural sources are too low to have any impact on the prevention of cavities. By adjusting the amount of fluoride in drinking water to an optimal level, community water fluoridation has been shown to prevent cavities and save money both for families and the health care system.

The science and research behind community water fluoridation has proven that it is both safe and effective. As a result, the number of people who continue to benefit from this standard oral health practice has grown to more than 75% of the U.S population. Community water fluoridation is supported by the American Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, US Public Health Service, World Health Organization, and the Center for Disease Control. With all the benefits of community water fluoridation, it is clear why the CDC named it one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century.

For more information, visit the CDC's section on Oral Health.

Visit the CDC's My Water's Fluoride for information on the State of Alabama. To find out more about Alabama's water supply, visit the Alabama Department of Environmental Management.

More Fluoride Questions and Answers

Pursuant to Act 2018-247, all public water systems wishing to initiate a change in the status of fluoridation must first submit via certified mail the attached request no fewer than 90 days before any change is made: Request to Change Status of Fluoridation





Page last updated: October 28, 2019