"Relating to support of community water fluoridation. "
"Tooth decay is a serious problem in Alaska, particularly in rural areas that do not exercise proper dental hygiene or eating habits, and where access to dentists is not available. Poor dental health puts a major burden upon Medicaid/Medicare programs."
- Rep. Seaton
HCR 5 encourages Alaskan communities to incorporate fluoride in their public water systems.
Fluoridated water has been shown to dramatically reduce dental carries, especially in children. Fluoride is one of the most efficient ways of providing cost-effective preventative dental health care. Every dollar spent on fluoridation saves $37 in future dental expenses. Currently, all cities in Alaska with a population exceeding 30,000 have access to fluoridated water. The benefits of fluoridated water should be extended to all Alaskans.
HCR 5 requests that all new community water systems be engineered with the capacity for incorporating fluoride.
Tooth decay is a serious problem in Alaska, particularly in rural areas where access to dentists is not easily available. Poor dental health also puts a major burden upon Medicaid/Medicare programs.
Fluoridating community water systems is an investment in Alaska's public health that would provide returns both in dental health and to the pocketbook. HCR 5 makes it clear that the state supports communities in taking this step to improve the dental health of their residents.