My Water’s Fluoride CDC
Virginia Water Fluoridation
In 1952, the Town of Fries and the City of Lynchburg were the first communities to begin water fluoridation in Virginia. Approximately, 6 million Virginians drink water that has fluoride adjusted to the recommended level. This represents 95% of those receiving water from public water systems. This figure represents 81% of the state total population (See below). Fluoridation is viewed as the single most effective public health measure to prevent tooth decay and improve oral health. Recent national studies indicate that water fluoridation will reduce dental decay in permanent teeth by approximately 17 to 40 percent. The average yearly cost of community water fluoridation in the United States is $.51 per person.