Surface fluoridating

While communities should not be mandated to fluoridate water, she said she hopes local officials note that the vast majority of health experts and dentists support the practice.A previous version of this story also incorrectly stated that the federal government and dental associations say that the addition of fluoride to tap water is the most cost-effective, safe and beneficial method to ward off tooth decay.Fluoridation prevents tooth decay safely and effectively.

The Texas Tribune is pleased to provide the opportunity for you to share your observations about this story.A 2000 state study found there were “substantial savings in publicly financed dental care” through the Texas Medicaid program as a result of community water fluoridation.Beth Stewart, the executive director of the Texas Oral Health Coalition, a pro-fluoridation advocacy group, said the practice is particularly important because of benefits to low-income populations who may not be able to access or afford dental care.The Buda City Council almost immediately sought to reintroduce the mineral additive to the city's water supply with technical and financial assistance from a state fluoridation program.They began installing all the necessary equipment at the end of 2016.

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