Fluoridate Texas

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Fluoride is Affordable


-- Comparing ROI of Fluoridation.pdf

Texas confirmed that the state saved $24 per child, per year in Medicaid expenditures for dental care because of fluoridated water.
--“Water Fluoridation Costs in Texas: Texas Health Steps,” Texas Department of Oral Health Website, 2000

New paper from New Zealand shows the cost effectiveness from community water fluoridation and substantial reduction in the national disease burden across all ethnic and socioeconomic groups.
Broadbent, Jonathan M., David Moore, Matthew Poynton and W. Murray Thomson. The costs and benefits of water fluoridation in NZ. BMC Oral Health (2017) 17:134, Costs Benefits WF NZ BMCOH 2017.pdf

"Water fluoridation provides dental benefits to people of all ages and income groups without requiring them to spend extra money or change their daily routine."

"Research shows that every $1 invested in water fluoridation saves $38 in unnecessary dental costs."

For low-income individuals who are at higher risk of dental problems, fluoride rinses are a costly expense, water fluoridation is the least expensive and most effective solution.
--"Myths and Facts About Water Fluoridation." PEW, March 17, 2011. http://www.txohc.org/PDFsPPs/PEW%20Fluoridation%20Myths%20%20Facts_March2011.pdf

The average cost for one dental filling is $120, compared to less than $1 per person, per year to fluoridate water for a community of 20,000 residents or more.
--National median fee for a two - surface amalgam (silver) filling among general dentists. (Procedure code D2150, amalgam, two surfaces, primary or permanent.) See American Dental Association, “2007 Survey of Dental Fees”.
-- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Oral Health, “Cost Savings of Community Water Fluoridation” (August 9, 2007), http://www.cdc.gov/fluoridation/fact_sheets/cost.htm (accessed August 7, 2009).

When everyone has access to fluoridated water, fewer Medicaid dollars are spent on dental care. Those without dental care access benefit from better oral health, and we all benefit from less Medicaid spending.
"Water Fluoridation and Costs of Medicaid Treatment for Dental Decay." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 1999.