For over 70 years, community water fluoridation has been a safe and healthy way to effectively prevent tooth decay. In fact, the Center for Disease Control has recognized water fluoridation as one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century.


In 2011, the Arkansas General Assembly passed Act 197 that requires water municipalities serving 5,000 or more customers to fluoridate their public water system without using taxpayer dollars.


Understanding the positive impact fluoridated water can have on the dental health of Arkansans, the Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation committed to pay the reasonable costs associated with adding fluoride to Arkansas water systems.


The Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation has contributed almost $7 million dollars to improve thirty-two water systems. Once completed, our statewide fluoridation efforts will impact the lives of over 650,000 Arkansans.


We are advocates for community water fluoridation as an effective and cost efficient method to improve the oral health of Arkansans.


According to the Arkansas Department of Health:


  • • Fluoridation is effective. Studies show that water fluoridation results in up to 60% less decay in baby teeth and up to 35% less decay in adult teeth.
  • • Fluoridation saves money. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every $1 spent on fluoridation prevents $38 in dental treatment.
  • • Fluoridation protects more than 300 million people in more than 40 countries worldwide, 170 million people in the United States alone, with more than 1.7 million people in Arkansas.
  • • Fluoride, according to the Institute of Medicine, is an essential nutrient for the development and maintenance of teeth. Fluoride exists naturally in rocks, soil, ocean water and every fresh water supply.


In 2016, Arkansas received the State Fluoridation Initiative Award from the American Dental Association, which recognizes the state that had the greatest increase in population on fluoridated water or the state with the most new systems fluoridating.


Arkansas also earned the Healthy People 2020 Award, which recognizes states that achieve the objective of having 79.6 percent or more of the population in a state on community water supplies.


Learn more about Community Water Fluoridation here.