Resources to help spread the word about the safety and importance of CWF, and to help implement in your community.
The following is shared from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Service Office of Oral Health.
As a medical, dental, and public health professional you are able to help spread the word about the safety and importance of community water fluoridation (CWF). Here are simple things you can do to help spread the word.
- First, have a conversation with your patients and explain the benefits of CWF.
- Secondly, let them know you support CWF.
- Have educational materials available for your patients.
Find extensive fluoride information on the State website.
If you would like to receive educational materials, technical assistance or training, or if you are interested in learning about how to start fluoridation in your community or how to improve the current fluoridation system, our office would love to assist you. Please call us at 573-751-5874 or visit oralhealth.mo.gov.
New Video Series
As part of the education process the Office of Dental Health has started the development of the new Show-Me video series. The first two videos have been completed by our office and were for CWF.
- One video focuses on information relevant for general public consumption about how fluoridation works and the benefits it provides. Watch here.
- The second video has information relevant for water operators and explains the benefits they provide to their communities and thanks them for their efforts in providing this proven public health measure. Watch here.
These videos along with all of our education materials are available for use by the general public, public health agencies, medical and dental providers, and schools. Please contact our office to obtain these materials.
Grant Funding to Repair/Replace/Install CWF Equipment
Additionally, we would like you to know that grant funding is available to your community to repair or replace aging CWF equipment or install new equipment. These funds are able to be used in a variety of ways to help communities start or improve the process of providing fluoridated water to their community. Delta Dental of Missouri provides grant funding for this effort. To date, over $77,000 has been awarded to public water systems. If you are interested in finding out more about how to start fluoridation in your community or how to improve the current fluoridation system, please call the Office of Dental Health.
The Office of Dental Health will also work with your public water department to provide technical assistance and online training for CWF employees. Water district employees can be updated on the benefits of fluoridated water, learn about new types of equipment and have questions or concerns answered.
New Wave Fluoridation Tablet and Feeder System
Concerns for water professionals’ safety, public water system efficiencies and costs have created obstacles to public water systems fluoridating their water supplies.
There is now an answer to these issues and the demand for a simple, efficient way to fluoridate. For the first time in nearly 40 years, water fluoridation has new technology available to help simplify the fluoridation process and make things safer and more efficient for water professionals, while providing this important public health program. This new technology is the New Wave Fluoridation Tablet and Feeder System. This technology was developed by KC Industries at the behest of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The New Wave system was built for small, rural public water systems and is designed to fit into tight spaces, eliminating the need for new, costly buildings to house fluoridation units.
The New Wave system is a feeder system, comprised of one to three feeders or tube systems that is contained within a 42” square pallet. Each feeder can hold 200, 2.5-inch diameter sodium fluorosilicate crystalline salt tablets, delivering 300,000 to 1,000,000 gallons of optimally fluoridated water per day. With the expansion to a triple feeder system, the resultant system is appropriate for communities with a population of up to 10,000 people or 1,000,000 gallons of water per day.
The New Wave system has been thoroughly tested in multiple locations throughout the U.S. and has NSF International Standard 61 certification. This system is being marketed by Dubois Chemicals and is ready to start the next step in the process; evaluation and approval by the appropriate regulatory agency in Missouri.
Currently, Missouri has approximately 953 water systems under the population level of 10,000 people. This system would allow Missourians that have never experienced fluoridated water to have access to a crucial public and dental health benefit that would improve their overall health and lives.
Because of this, the MDA recognizes the safety and effectiveness of fluoridation and supports the New Wave Fluoridation Tablet and Feeder System. In a September 10 letter to Dru Buntin, Director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the MDA encouraged the regulatory agency to move forward and help fill the void that has prevented smaller communities from enjoying this important public health program by supporting the New Wave Fluoridation Tablet and Feeder System.