Water fluoridation is a public health measure that makes the water supply more healthful by using a filter to remove excess lead, arsenic and other contaminants from an area's drinking water.

The main benefits of fluoridated water include: Reduced need for toothpaste

Benefits of fluoridated water include better overall dental health for people who live in areas with fluoridated water

However, many communities have water with levels above 1 mg/L, which may provide some dental benefits but also increases the risk of Fluoride toxicity

To determine if your county provides optimal amounts of fluoride, it is important to know both your local health policy and the average level of fluoride in public water supplies across the United States.

The level of fluoride in water can be checked by looking up your county’s Fluoride Deficiency Control Plan (DCP) online.

If there is a dentists’ group in your area, they may also be able to provide information about the water fluoridation program in your area.

Water fluoridation is one of the oldest and most effective public health measures we have.

Ideally, the level of fluoride should be 1 mg/L or lower to optimize dental benefits

If your county doesn't provide an optimal level of fluoride, it's important to know why and how you can get your community to start providing this vital public health measure.