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For Release:  Aug. 10, 2012 – Pamela Williams, Office of Communications – 405/271-5601

Midwest City Recognized for Contributions Made on Behalf of Community Water Fluoridation

The Oklahoma State Department of Health announced today that the City of Midwest City will receive a “50 Year Award (1961 – 2011) - Certificate of Appreciation” for contributions made on behalf of community water fluoridation.  This national award from the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors, the American Dental Association, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recognizes public water systems that reached 50 years of continuous water fluoridation during the past calendar year. 

The award will be presented to William Janacek, director of Environmental Service for Midwest City, in a ceremony Monday, Aug. 13, at 9 a.m. at the Midwest City Water Treatment Plant, 8730 S.E. 15th St.

“The Oklahoma State Department of Health supports community water fluoridation and recognizes the practice as safe, cost-effective and beneficial to all,” said Dr. Jana Winfree, chief of the Dental Health Service at the Oklahoma State Department of Health. “For more than 65 years, fluoridated water has resulted in a remarkable decline in the prevalence and severity of dental decay.”

Community water fluoridation has been recognized by the CDC as one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century.

“Widespread community water fluoridation prevents cavities and saves money, both for families and the health care system,” said Winfree. “It is an ideal public health measure because no compliance is required – just drink and use the water.  Beverages and foods processed in fluoridated communities benefit all who consume these products.”

Winfree acknowledged Midwest City’s 50-year contribution to public health. “Living in a highly fluoridated state promotes better oral health even for those living in non-fluoridated communities within that state.  The health department promotes the retention and/or the implementation of the practice in all qualifying Oklahoma communities.”

“Good oral health contributes to good overall health,” Winfree emphasized.

For more information on community water fluoridation, visit the CDC website “My Water’s Fluoride” at http://apps.nccd.cdc.gov/MWF/Index.asp.

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