KALAMAZOO, Mich.— A grant from the Delta Dental Foundation is helping to protect smiles in Kalamazoo.
The foundation donated $100,000 to the Michigan Department of Community Health Oral Health Program to start or maintain community water fluoridation programs for residents, which prevent cavities. The state divvied up the money for nine communities; Kalamazoo is receiving $8,076.
The chief medical executive with the Michigan Department of Community Health says studies have shown oral health is key to overall health. On January 25, 1945, Grand Rapids became the first city in the U.S. to add fluoride to its water system. Now, nearly 90 percent of Michigan communities with a water system have access to fluoridated water.
This is the fourth year for the fluoridation grants. The other recipients include Plainfield Township ($12,522); Battle Creek ($18,775) and Benton Harbor ($2,667).