By Craig McMorris, TV5 Anchor/Reporter - bio | email
EAST LANSING, MI (WNEM) -
The city of Midland is one of 11 to receive a fluoridation equipment grant from the Michigan Department of Community Health.
This is the third year these fluoridation equipment grants have been awarded. This year, they were made possible by a $100,000 donation from the Delta Dental Foundation. The allocation to Midland was $12,700.
"Water fluoridation has demonstrated its effectiveness in preventing tooth decay, and more importantly, studies have shown that oral health is key to overall health," said Christine Farrell, manager of the Oral Health Unit at MDCH. "These grants are a wonderful way to benefit the wellness of an entire community. We are so grateful for Delta Dental Foundation's support of oral and overall health and wellness for Michiganders."
About 90 percent of communities with a water system in Michigan have access to fluoridated water. However, some water systems in the state have old equipment that prohibits an effective fluoridation program. The Fluoridation Equipment Grant program allows community water systems needing new and updated fluoride equipment to apply for funding.
The 2012 community winners and their total funds awarded for new fluoridation equipment are:
City of Cedar Springs - $1,287
City of Norway - $2,378
Village of Schoolcraft - $3,499
Village of Milford - $4,999
City of Wayland - $7,150
East Lansing-Meridian - $8,655
Holland Board of Public Works - $10,335
City of Charlotte - $11,324
City of Midland - $12,700
City of Grand Haven - $15,806
City of St. Joseph - $24,000
Communities applied for the grants and went through a competitive review process. Awardees were chosen in May based on need, population size and evidence of fluoridation approval in the community.
Between May 1 and Sept. 30, the funds will be used to purchase the fluoridation equipment and have it installed and operational within six months. Community water fluoridation is the process of adjusting the natural fluoride concentration of a water supply to a level that is best for the prevention of dental cavities.
Nationally, community water fluoridation has been the basis for the primary prevention of dental cavities for years and has been recognized as one of the 10 great achievements in public health of the 20th century.
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