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ISDS-supported bill on fluoridation signed

Springfield, Ill.—Gov. Pat Quinn last month signed legislation supported by the Illinois State Dental Society to bring required fluoridation levels in community water supplies in line with new federal recommendations on optimal levels.

For decades, the recommended fluoridation range has been between 0.7 and 1.2 parts per million. Illinois statute previously established the minimum level at 0.9 ppm. The new, science-based proposed recommendation by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services establishes the specific target level at 0.7 ppm.

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention proclaim community water fluoridation as one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century,” said Dr. Darryll Beard, ISDS president and a general dentist in Waterloo, Ill.

“With the undeniable link between oral health and overall health, we want to ensure the continuation of such an inexpensive, safe and beneficial health care measure for all Illinoisans.”