Frequently Asked Questions

1.  What is Fluoride?

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that prevents tooth decay.

2.  What are the uses for Fluoride?

Many communities add fluoride to their drinking water to reduce cavities.

3.  Why Fluoride in Meadville?

For the two years dental pain was the most common reason for a visit to the emergency department at the Meadville Medical Center. In addition, children in the Meadville area have more untreated dental cavities than similar aged children across the state.

4.  Cost?

The cost is estimated to be only 24 cents per household per month which is $2.88 per year.

5.  Is it safe?

There have been hundreds of scientific studies as well as over 60 years of application that have found water fluoridation to be safe. Meadville would add 0.7 parts per million of fluoride to the water supply.

6.  Is fluoride an industrial waste?

No. The fluoride used in water systems is specifically manufactured for this purpose. It has very high standards for quality and purity.

7.  Why don’t European Countries add fluoride to their water?

High levels of natural fluoride exist in many areas in Europe, so they don’t add fluoride to their water. Instead European countries with no naturally occurring fluoride add fluoride to salt or to milk.

8.  Who makes the decision on Fluoride?

The Meadville Area Water Authority will make the decision concerning fluoridation. Public support for fluoridation is important and will help the Meadville Area Water Authority decide on the issue.

9.  What is fluorosis?

Fluorosis is caused by high levels of fluoride intake. It’s mainly a cosmetic issue that causes minor staining when it is consumed at very high levels.

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