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States, communities receive fluoridation honors at National Oral Health Conference

Huntsville, Ala.—Marking 68 years of community water fluoridation, the ADA, the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention honored 112 states and communities with 2012 Fluoridation Awards at the National Oral Health Conference April 23 at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville.

A total of 16 communities in seven states were recognized with Community Fluoridation Initiative Awards for passing water fluoridation initiatives during 2012: Dumas, Yorktown, Warren, DeQueen and Southside Public Water Authority, Ark.; Pinellas County, Pinellas Park and Tarpon Springs, Fla.; Central Rankin Water Association, City of Winnoa and Town of Vaiden, Miss.; Hightstown, N.J.; Lebanon, Ohio; Philomath and Portland, Ore.; and Sun Prairie, Wis.

Another 16 communities in 12 states received Fluoridation Reaffirmation Awards for defeating initiatives to discontinue fluoridation or approving initiatives to maintain fluoridation, including: Madison, Ala.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Olivehurst Public Utility, Calif.; Aspen, Colo.; Auburndale, Naples and Ormond, Fla.; Huntingburg, Ind., Maquoketa, Iowa; St. Joseph, Mo.; Bozeman, Mont.; Shippensburg and West Mannheim, Pa.; Albemarle County and City of Charlottesville, Va.; and Milwaukee, Wis.

Arkansas received the State Fluoridation Initiative Award as the state having the greatest increase in population receiving fluoridated water in 2012.

Massachusetts, Maine, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota and Virginia received State Fluoridation Quality Awards for maintaining the quality of fluoridation and optimal fluoride levels. And Michigan and Delaware received Healthy People 2010/2020 awards.

Seventy-one water systems in 21 states received Fifty Year Awards for achieving 50 years of continuous water fluoridation during the past calendar year, including: Athens Water Department, Ala.; West Memphis Waterworks, Ark.; Cobb County-Marietta Water Authority and Warner Robins, Ga.; Council Bluffs, Greenfield, Red Oak, Shenandoah and Tipton, Iowa; Colonial Meadows Water Company, Dixie Dells, Franklin Grove, Lemon Street Well Company, Marion and Rossville, Ill.; Berea Municipal Utilities, Carrollton Utilities, Henderson Municipal Water & Sewer Department, Hickman Water Department, Hodgenville Water District, Louisa Water Department and West Liberty Water Company, Ky.; Chestertown Utilities Commission and Harford County Department of Public Works, Md.; Milford, Mich.; Hopkins, Mankato, Pelican Rapids, Pipestone, Saint Charles, Saint Paul Regional Water Services, Wadena and Wayzata, Minn.; City of Carthage, Town of Flora, City of Philadelphia, Miss.; Cabool and Louisiana, Mo.; City of Columbus, Neb.; Hudson Falls Village, City of Saratoga Springs and City of Watertown, N.Y.; Durham, North Wilkesboro, USMC Lejeune Hadnot Point and USMC Lejeune Holcomb Blvd., N.C.; Marietta City Public Water System, Ohio; Midwest City, Okla.; Catasauqua Water Works, Pa.; Town of Cheraw and Chester Metro Water District, S.C.; Claiborne County Utilities District, Jackson Energy Authority, McMinnville and Ridgely, Tenn.; Benton, Blanchardville, Cassville Clinton, Dickeyville, Fall River, Kewaskum, Lake Mills, Merrill, Mondovi, Morrisonville Sanitary District, Potosi, River Falls and Sturgeon Bay, Wis.; and Milton Water, Point Pleasant Water Works and Summersville Water Works, W.Va.

The Fluoridation Merit Award honored two organizations for their efforts to maintain and expand the benefit of community water fluoridation.

The Children's Dental Health Project was honored for its development of the Fluoride Legislative User Information Database, or FLUID, the first publicly available database on the legal status of community water fluoridation in the U.S.

A comprehensive resource containing historical information on legal cases decided by U.S. courts, FLUID offers current information on federal and state policies about fluoridation. The Children's Dental Health Project worked with the ADA, the City University of New York/Hunter College School of Nursing, the CDC Division of Oral Health to develop the resource. With continuing support by the CDC, it is now maintained in partnership with American University's Washington College of Law. FLUID is often used by stakeholders in defending and promoting community water fluoridation and is recognized as an authoritative resource. 

Also honored was the Campaign for Dental Health, first developed and launched by the Pew Children's Dental Campaign "to ensure every American has access to the cheapest, most effective way to protect teeth—water fluoridation. With a largely volunteer network of local children's and oral health advocates, health professionals and scientists who work together to preserve our nation's gains in oral health, the campaign's mission is to provide reliable scientific information about oral health and community water fluoridation.