Storm Lake Recognized For 50 Years Of Fluoride Program

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has recognized the City of Storm Lake for five continuous decades of dedication to dental health by maintaining fluoride levels in their community water supply. The Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors awarded certificates to city officials on behalf of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Dental Association (ADA). In the 1930s, scientists discovered people drinking water with higher levels of fluoride showed significantly lower levels of tooth decay, and Storm Lake chose to adopt their program in 1967. These efforts are supported by the U.S. Surgeon General, ADA, American Medical Association (AMA), the American Academy of Pediatrics and American Public Health as a safe, effective and inexpensive method of improving general dental health for residents. The CDC considers the process of adjusting fluoride concentrations in water as one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century.