Nine area communities have been recognized by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the high-quality fluoridation systems present in their municipal water supplies. The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced Thursday Audubon, Carroll, Casey, Denison, Glidden, Guthrie Center, Jefferson, Manilla and Schaller were presented with the Water Fluoridation Quality Award. Fluoridation is the process of maintaining consistent levels of fluoride in drinking water to be effective at preventing tooth decay. IDPH Dental Director, Bob Russell, says, “Water fluoridation is one of the best investments that a community can make in maintaining the oral health of its citizens. It is equally as effective in preventing cavities in children as in adults.” It is also considered one of the most cost-effective public health initiatives, saving up to $20 in dental treatment expenses for every dollar spent on water fluoridation. Two of the recipients, Glidden and Manilla, were not only recognized for their efforts, but also for how long they have provided fluoridation, each doing so since 1969. For more information, visit the link included below.