Drinking Water Fluoridation Course -  City of Salem Water Plant - Salem, Virginia - June 19-20, 2017

General Information

Water Fluoridation

Community Water Fluoridation (CWF) benefits children and adults for 95% of the Virginia population receiving service from public water systems. Virginia has been recognized by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for surpassing the Healthy People 2010/2020 goals for fluoridation. Dental disease remains the most common chronic disease of childhood. The CDC has named CWF one of the top ten public health achievements of the twentieth century.

The CDC states that for every dollar invested in community water fluoridation, $38 is avoided in dental treatment cost. Fluoridation can be provided to an individual for a lifetime for the national approximate cost of an amalgam filling of $65. The American Dental Association and the CDC estimate the average annual cost of fluoridation as approximately $.50 per person. Water Fluoridation is a safe, effective and cost-saving preventive health measure that reaches the total community. CWF is the adjustment of the natural concentrations of fluoride in the water to the optimal level needed to reduce dental decay.

About This Course

The VDH Water Fluoridation course is designed to educate plant operators in all aspects of proper community water fluoridation. The two day course includes hands-on laboratory activities, calibration exercises, fluoridation costs analysis, and safety demonstrations. The national guidelines, research and implementation of the community water fluoridation practices will be reviewed.

Who should take this Course?

The course is designed for Water Plant Operators of systems that currently fluoridate or that will fluoridate in the future.


The instructors for this course possess extensive knowledge of the principles of water fluoridation. The course will be conducted by a panel of experts from related fields including: dentistry, water plant operations, and engineering.

Course Credits

You will receive a certificate awarding 1.3 continuing education units (13 contact hours) for successful completion of the course.

For More Information

If you have questions about the schedule and program, please contact:
Wayne Crotto
Email: wcrotto@vt.edu

For more information about registration please contact Nancy Rakes by email: nancyr@vt.edu or phone: 540-231-2922, for more information about lodging and scholarships, please contact Briana Blanchard by email: bnblanch@vt.edu or phone: 540-231-2014

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