This film tells the story of how one community brought the benefits of fluoridated water to its children, how the dentists, the health officers, the mayor, the waterworks engineer, and citizens got together and fought for fluoridation before it was the widely recognized public health measure it is today. Based in part on the story of how the people of Newark, Delaware added fluoride to their water supply, the film vividly portrays the down-to-earth situations that exist in every community, the typical conflicts, the doubts about fluoridation, and the evidence for it. It answers scores of questions parents are asking about fluoridation: What good does it do? How much does it cost? What is fluoride? How do you add it to water? What does fluoride look like? Is it dangerous? Does it stain teeth and make bones brittle? Why do some towns take fluorides out of water? Isn't it mass medication? Does it harden water? Does it color water and make it taste funny?
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Black and white
Script by Oeveste Granducci ; directed by Joseph Henabery ; photographed by Andrew L. Gold.
Received: Aug. 19, 1986 as a donation from the American Dental Association.