OSSINING, N.Y. - The Ossining Water Department received a certificate of appreciation from the county's Board of Health Friday for treating its water supply with fluoride.
The county applauded Ossining and six other water suppliers for "protecting the public's health," the county said in a statement.
“Community water fluoridation is the single most effective public health measure available to prevent tooth decay in both adults and children,” said Westchester County Health Commissioner Dr. Sherlita Amler. “It is safe, effective and inexpensive and it allows all residents of a community, regardless of their ability to pay for routine dental care, to benefit from the significant protection that fluoride offers."
Amler said 83 percent of Westchester residents receive fluoridated water.
"Water fluoridation saves money by reducing the cost of dental treatment among children and youth," she said. "Studies also have shown it can reduce tooth decay by 29 percent in children and by 25 percent in adults. And it’s been proven safe at the levels allowed in public water supplies.”
The other water suppliers who received certificates are Northern Westchester Joint Water Works, New Castle
Stanwood Water District, Scarsdale Water Department, White Plains Water Bureau, Westchester Joint Water Works and Yorktown Consolidated Water District #1. They were recognized for maintaining and upgrading their fluoridation equipment. The certificates were presented at the Westchester County Board of Health
meeting today in White Plains.
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