Fluoride is helping our already protected, affordable water in the greater Lansing area
Greater Lansing is incredibly fortunate to have fantastic water for our region. Whenever you need a drink – or water to brush your teeth or to bathe your child – clean water flows reliably from the tap.
Powered by the Saginaw Aquifer 400 feet underground, the Lansing Board of Water & Light delivers award-winning water that meets or exceeds all state and federal standards with health benefits that improve the well-being of the greater Lansing area. The Delta Dental Foundation and BWL share a common goal of improving and maintaining the oral health of the area by promoting the importance of adding fluoride to our drinking water.
Almost all water contains naturally occurring fluoride, but it is generally not enough to prevent tooth decay. For this reason, many communities adjust the amount of fluoride in the water to an optimal level that is safe for consumption and helps keep teeth strong. In fact, more than 75 years of scientific research has shown that fluoridation of water is safe and can help reduce tooth decay by 25 percent over a lifetime.
This important benefit is why the business administration adds fluoride to water to increase naturally occurring fluoride levels from around 0.35 ppm to the optimal level of 0.7 ppm, as reported by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the US Public Health Service recommended and approved by the EPA.
Fluoride works by effectively forming a protective shield on the tooth surface that helps prevent acid damage caused by eating and drinking. The result is strengthened tooth enamel that makes tooth decay less severe, reduces tooth loss, and relieves pain caused by tooth decay. Studies suggest fluoridation saves more than $ 32 per person per year on averted dental treatment – a 20 to 1 return on investment.
BWL recently received a $ 89,465 grant from the Delta Dental Foundation to upgrade much of the fluoridation system at its John F. Dye water production facility. By financing around 10 percent of the project, BWL was able to improve the equipment within the plant and improve the safety in the plant in order to guarantee the customers a high quality product.
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Greater Lansing has a utility company and dental foundation dedicated to the health and safety of its citizens. BWL’s two water production plants reliably deliver over 19 million gallons of water to the region every day and give everyone easy access to clean water for drinking, washing and playing.
To find out more about water from BWL and to take a virtual tour of the water extraction systems, visit LBWL.com.
Holli Seabury is the executive director of the Delta Dental Foundation in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and North Carolina. Dick Peffley is the general manager of the Lansing Board of Water & Light.