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Time to check annual water reports

April 21, 2014

Between now and July 1, water suppliers nationwide are required to send their customers annual Water Quality Reports or Consumer Confidence Reports, giving dental professionals the opportunity to check on the status of their community's water—and in particular—its fluoride levels.

The reports, which detail quality and content of water may be mailed to consumers' homes, often with the water bill, published in local newspapers or posted online.

"There is a tremendous amount of energy being put forth across the country by antifluoridationists, so dentists should take this opportunity to demonstrate our support for community water fluoridation and our appreciation of the efforts of the water plant personnel," said Dr. Valerie Peckosh, a pediatric dentist in Dubuque, Iowa.

Dr. Peckosh is chair of the National Fluoridation Advisory Committee and a member of the ADA Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations. "Read the reports, tour your water plant, visit with the plant staff and let them know how important water fluoridation is to you."

Water systems are required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to issue these annual reports. For more information on CCRs, log on to the EPA website or visit the "My Water's Fluoride" page on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website to check on local water system fluoridation status.

Or contact the local water supplier or the local, county or state health department for more information about the fluoride content of your water system's water.

For more information on fluoride and fluoridation, visit ADA.org/fluoride.aspx.