Monona recognized for decades of water system fluoridation efforts

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Jared Burkle, with PeopleService, accepted Monona’s 2020 Community Water Fluoridation 50 Year Award from Kiane Smith, a dental hygienist and oral health I-Smile Coordinator who covers an eight-county area for the Visiting Nurse Association. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

 

The city of Monona has been recognized for decades of water system fluoridation efforts.

 

Kiane Smith, a dental hygienist and oral health I-Smile Coordinator who covers an eight-county area for the Visiting Nurse Association, presented the 2020 Community Water Fluoridation 50 Year Award at the city’s Sept. 7 council meeting.

 

The award is given on behalf of the Iowa Department of Public Health, American Dental Association, Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

 

“It’s given jointly to recognize public water systems that have consistently adjusted the fluoride concentration in drinking water for the past 50 years, so starting in 1970. Monona is the only community in Iowa to receive this award for the year,” said Smith.

 

According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, fluoridation is the adjustment of fluoride in drinking water to a level that is effective for preventing tooth decay. Smith said the CDC has recognized the prevention of tooth decay through community water fluoridation as one of the 10 greatest achievements in public health of the 20th century. 

 

“More than ever, we recognize the value of prevention and thank you for the role you play in helping to prevent a disease that affects children and adults. Thank you for providing a safe, dependable drinking water for your community while also ensuring an important health benefit,” she shared.

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