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Maine Dental Association Supports Baileyville Fluoridation Program

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MDA Grant Supports Fluoridation of Community Water

AUGUSTA, ME – July 5, 2012 – New Maine drinking standards require a reduction in the level of fluoridation in community water. Often meeting this requirement means purchasing new equipment by Maine’s public water districts, especially in small towns.

In the town of Baileyville, with a population of about 1550, the cost of the new equipment provided a challenge for the water district. The challenge resulted in a town vote in early June asking residents if they wanted to continue fluoridation of their water supply.

With a lot of education and outreach by local dentist Dr. Brian Hoops, and Dr. Thomas McHugh, a local General Practice physician and surgeon, the town’s vote was a resounding yes. An important factor in the community’s vote to retain fluoridation was the commitment of a financial contribution from two Maine Foundations.

To help offset the cost of new equipment, the Maine Dental Association Charitable Foundation will give the town $3,000. Northeast Delta Dental Foundation will provide $1000.

Dentist Paul Zimmerman, chair of the MDA Foundation, says “This was an easy decision for us. Community water fluoridation is one of the most effective tools we have to maintain healthy teeth. We’re providing this money to aid the people of Baileyville so they can continue to have the benefit of fluoridated water.”

The MDA Charitable Foundation has provided grants to Maine’s Donated Dental Services and to a Head Start dental education program so far in 2012.

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