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Dental Health Community Based Programs

Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County

Community Water Fluoridation

Community water fluoridation, a proven and safe method to reduce dental decay, is available in various communities throughout Palm Beach County.  Florida Department of Health continues to advocate for the benefits of fluoride in the drinking water. The chart shows the number of Palm Beach County residents receiving fluoridated water from community water systems.

 

Name of Community

Fluoridation Start Date

Population Served

Atlantis

Receives water from Palm Beach County Water Utilities

01/14/2005

2,142

Boynton Beach

Also serves Sand & Sea Village MHP

1/1/2002

112,000

Delray Beach

4/1/1991

68,000

Gulfstream

Receives water from Delray

4/15/1991

1,000

Palm Beach County Water Utilities.

Includes Century Village South.  Absorbed Glades Utilities Authority in 2013 which included the following with their original fluoridation start dates:

   Belle Glade - 11/1/1956

   Pahokee - 12/1/1996

   South Bay - 10/1/1999

   Lake Harbor -10/1/1999

 

1/14/2005

578,000

Wellington

   *Second start date. Original start date was 1/1/2002.                    

6/28/2016*

61,637

West Palm Beach

Serves the towns of West Palm Beach, Palm Beach and South Palm Beach.

7/1/1991

128,131

+Total Population Served

950,910

 

Head Start Screenings

Dental screenings are provided for children in Head Start Programs at multiple centers in these organizations in Palm Beach County: Palm Beach County School District, Lutheran Services Florida, Early Learning Coalition, and Redlands Christian Migrant Association. These screening exams allow the Head Start Program to refer only those students in need of dental treatment services to dental providers, thus saving the program the cost of unnecessary examinations.