The Department of Health of the Commonwealth of Virginia has awarded a 2015 Water Fluoridation Quality Award to BVU. This award, issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recognizes outstanding performance in fluoridation management by public water systems. Fluoridation is the adjustment of fluoride in the water to a level that is optimal for preventing tooth decay.
Community water fluoridation has been recognized by CDC as one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th Century. Currently, nearly three-quarters (74.6 percent)—or 210 million people—served by community water systems have access to optimally fluoridated tap water. CDC recommends water fluoridation as a safe, effective, and inexpensive method of preventing tooth decay. In fact, every $1 invested in fluoridation saves at least $38 in costs for dental treatment.