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CDC gives Corpus Christi 'Water Fluoridation Quality Award'

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Posted at 12:38 PM, Dec 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-21 13:43:56-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have awarded the City of Corpus Christi Water Utilities with the Water Fluoridation Quality Award for the 3rd consecutive year.

“Water fluoridation is important in fighting tooth decay in our community and is one of public health’s greatest accomplishments,” said Nueces County Director of Public Health, Annette Rodriguez.

According to the CDC, fluoride in water has been around for 75 years in the U.S. and has proven to be the best way to prevent common childhood diseases like tooth decay.

"It is even more important today with the increased consumption of highly acidic drinks like coffee, sodas and sports drinks," said Dr. Chad Allen from Allen Dental Group. "I am extremely happy that the city of Corpus Christi has taken their role of public health seriously by maintaining the proper levels of fluoride in drinking water,” Dr. Allen said.

The CDC considers the fluoridation of drinking water one of the top ten public health achievements of the 20th century.

In 1945, Grand Rapids, Michigan was the first U.S. city to fluoridate its public water.