The City of Sallisaw Water Treatment Plant is one of 35 Oklahoma public water systems that received a Water Fluoridation Quality Award from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The State Department of Health announced the awards Friday.
City Manager Clayton Lucas said the award would not have been possible without the voters' support of a bond several years ago that provided the city's new water treatment plant, and the dedication of the employees at the plant.
"Our employees continue to receive education on how to improve our water, and the voters' willingness to take on the bond are responsible for the award," Lucas said.
Katherine Weno, DDS, JD, and director of CDC Division of Oral Health, said community water fluoridation has been recognized by the CDC as one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century.
"Studies continue to show that water fluoridation prevents about 25 percent of tooth decay in children and adults," she said.
Dr. Jana Winfree, director of Dental Health Service at the State Department of Health said, "Preventive dental care programs, such as community water fluoridation, make a real difference improving the health status of Oklahomans. Healthy happy smiles improve the quality of life."
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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