e-mail Print Share

70th anniversary of fluoridation

September 30, 2015 Marking an important public health anniversary, 90 people from 28 states and two countries came together at the ADA Headquarters on Sept. 11-12 to celebrate water fluoridation and the positive effect it has had on the public's oral health.
Tour: Academicians, dentists and ADA staff visit Sept. 10 the City of Chicago's James W. Jardine Water Purification Plant.
Historical: Dr. Raymond Gist, 2010-11 ADA president, speaks on the first day of the symposium about the history and importance of water fluoridation.
Municipal view: Evanston, Illinois, Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl shares the role of her city in early water fluoridation trials.
Memory: Dr. Chase Klinesteker recalls his experience as a child participant in the Grand Rapids fluoridation trial.
Taking notes: April Stopczynski, front, and Dr. Lori Henderson, attend the symposium in Chicago.
Science: Dr. Howard Pollick, ADA fluoridation spokesman and a professor at University of California, San Francisco, addresses the crowd during the science and engineering session.
Engineering: Kip Duchon, water fluoridation engineer at the CDC, discusses engineering and operational considerations for water facility operations.
Advocacy: Dr. Myron Allukian, Jr., past president of the American Public Health Association, offers remarks about fluoridation advocacy.
Legislation: Paul O'Connor, left, ADA senior legislative liaison, and Dr. Leon Stanislav, give perspectives about fluoridation and state legislation.
70th Anniversary Fluoridation Celebration and Symposium: 90 people attended the 70th Anniversary fluoridation celebration event at the ADA Headquarters in Chicago.
Gathering: The symposium ran for one-and-a-half days Sept. 11-12.
Topics: Participants heard from dozens of speakers about the history of fluoridation, science and engineering aspects, fluoridation campaigns, digital advocacy and more.
Cost of fluoridation: Dr. William Maas, advisor to the Pew Children’s Dental Campaign, was on the Sept. 11 schedule to discuss research on the current cost of fluoridation.
Strategizing: Edie Arey, left, and Weldon Johnson, of the Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation, discuss funding strategies.
Milestone: The event marked 70 years since Grand Rapid, Michigan, became the first city to fluoridate its drinking water to the recommended levels for preventing tooth decay.
Sharing: Dr. Jayanth Kumar, California state dental director, addressed the crowd on Sept. 11 about the complexities of funding water fluoridation.
Leg work: Deborah Foote, executive director of Oral Health Colorado, shares her perspective on efforts to prepare communities for fluoridation decisions.
Panel: Marjorie Stocks, Emily Firman and Dr. Allison Lesko participate in a panel about fluoridation campaign strategies.
21st century: Dr. Ronald Wilson, of Greenville, South Carolina, offers his views on fluoridation advocacy in the digital age.