The City of Crookston has been awarded a Water Fluoridation Quality Award from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.

    The City of Crookston has been awarded a Water Fluoridation Quality Award from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.  

    Fluoridation is the adjustment of fluoride in drinking water to a level that is effective for preventing tooth decay. The award recognizes communities that achieved excellence in community water fluoridation by maintaining a consistent level of fluoride in drinking water throughout 2014. For 2014, a total of 2,282 public water systems (PWSs) in 33 states received these awards, including 112 of 625 possible PWSs in Minnesota.  

    “As we celebrate the 70th anniversary of community water fluoridation, CDC and groups such as the Community Preventive Services Task Force continue to reaffirm our commitment to water fluoridation as one of the most effective steps a community can take to prevent tooth decay and promote oral health,” stated Katherine Weno, DDS, JD, Director, CDC Division of Oral Health.  “Studies continue to show that water fluoridation prevents about 25 percent of tooth decay in children and adults.”

    Community water fluoridation has been recognized by CDC as one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th Century.  Currently, nearly three-quarters (74.6 percent) – or 320 million people - served by community water systems have access to optimally fluoridated tap water.  CDC recommends water fluoridation as a safe, effective, and inexpensive method of preventing decay. It's estimated that every $1 invested in fluoridation saves at least $32 in dental treatment costs.