April 1-7 is National Public Health Week with the theme “Public Health is Return on Investment: Save Lives, Save Money.” Now that the cities of Davis and Woodland have approved moving forward with a modern water system, it is time to plan for fluoridation of this system.
Fluoride is a mineral, naturally occurring in the water supply in some areas. Since the 1930s, it has been known to prevent tooth decay. Fluoride has been added to the water supply in many areas of the country for more than 60 years and has proved to be safe and effective.
Fluoride can provide a huge return on investment in the health of our community. It costs but a few cents and can prevent dental decay, thus preventing lost school and work time, expensive dental bills and considerable pain and suffering.
The Yolo County Health Department urges the Woodland-Davis Clean Water Agency to make the investment to add fluoride to our new water system and reap the return of better dental health for all of our residents.
Constance Caldwell, M.D.
Yolo County health officer, Woodland