Health Department Preps Utahns for Fluoride

Health Department Preps Utahns for Fluoride

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(KSL News) -- In less than 30 days fluoride will be flowing through Salt Lake County water pipes. To make sure the community is ready for the change the Salt Lake Valley Health Department today kicked off a public awareness campaign.

Fluoride is a safe, effective and economical way to cut health disparities in county, according to health officials. They say it reduces dental care needs by 60 percent in children and 35 percent in adults.

Patti Pavey, Executive Director, Salt Lake Valley Health Department:

"What we're kicking off today is a month-long campaign to let pediatricians and pharmacists know that as of October first, they no longer need to prescribe fluoride supplements for children in Salt Lake County."

As for the water treatment's price tag, it's about one dollar per person, per year. In the long-run fluoride is expected to save people at least $80 a year in dental treatments.

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