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The Centre for Disease Control in Atlanta has called fluoridation of drinking water to prevent tooth decay one of public health’s 10 greatest achievements in the 20th century. To learn more about water fluoridation, please visit health facts on the health unit's website and look for water fluoridation.
In Muskoka District, Bracebridge, Gravenhurst, Bala, Port Carling, and MacTier all have fluoride added to their public drinking water supply. It is estimated that 30% of the population in Muskoka District have access to fluoridated drinking water. However, Base Borden is the only fluoridated community in Simcoe County. Overall, 3.5% of the combined population of the County of Simcoe and Muskoka District have fluoride added to their public drinking water supply.
The majority of Simcoe Muskoka residents support adding fluoride to public drinking water when the natural amount is too low to help prevent tooth decay. In 2015, 51.2% (47.2%, 55.1%) of Simcoe Muskoka adults (18+) supported community water fluoridation, which is significantly more than the 30.6% (27.0%, 34.4%) of residents opposed. A large portion of Simcoe Muskoka residents (18.3% (15.4%, 21.5%)) were undecided on the issue of community water fluoridation.
By Age Group
The proportion of Simcoe Muskoka adults who support, oppose, and have not decided on the issue of community water fluoridation is similar across age groups.
The proportion of Simcoe Muskoka adults who support, oppose, and have not decided on the issue of community water fluoridation is similar across education levels.
The proportion of Simcoe Muskoka adults who support community water fluoridation is significantly higher in the highest income category than in the lowest to lower middle income category, however, a lower proportion of people in the highest income category indicated they had not decided on the issue. The proportion of adults who oppose community water fluoridation is similar across income categories.