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OKEMOS, Mich – Traverse City residents will continue to benefit from community water fluoridation, due to the overwhelming support of city commissioners.

Commissioners voted 5-1 during their June 16 meeting to continue to fund community water fluoridation, a practice which has been in place in Traverse City since 1951.

“It’s reassuring to know that the commissioners understand the importance of this public health measure and the positive impact it has on reducing cavities and improving oral health,” said Dr. Marty Makowski, president of the Michigan Dental Association.

“We have nearly 70 years of scientific research to support the safety and effectiveness of water fluoridation. Today, studies prove it continues to reduce dental decay by 25 percent in children and adults,” according to Makowski, a pediatric dentist in Clinton Township.

Nearly 60 percent of Traverse City residents support community water fluoridation, according to a citywide survey of 300 residents conducted between June 5 and 7. Only 19 percent of the survey respondents were in support of the initiative to end fluoridation. The survey was conducted by Phoenix Innovate for the Michigan Oral Health Coalition.

Community water fluoridation began in Grand Rapids, Mich, in 1945. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention named community water fluoridation “one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century,” second only to the polio vaccine.


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