R 119
2020 -- H 7560
Enacted 02/12/2020

H O U S E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Representatives Kislak, Tobon, McNamara, Cortvriend, and Ackerman
Date Introduced: February 12, 2020

     WHEREAS, February is National Children’s Dental Health Month and provides an
opportunity to recognize the importance of optimal oral health. Healthy teeth are essential for
self-esteem, success in school and are a vital component for overall health. They are meant to last
a lifetime; and
     WHEREAS, On January 25, 2020, the United States celebrated the 75th Anniversary of
Community Water Fluoridation. Fluoride strengthens teeth at the level of 0.7 milligrams per liter
of water, roughly the same as a grain of salt in a pail of water. Water systems in four out of five
Rhode Island counties have adjusted to safe and effective fluoride levels since 1955; and
     WHEREAS, Fluoridation is recognized by the Centers for Disease Control, also known
as the CDC, as both cost-saving and the single most effective public health measure to prevent
tooth decay helping not only children but all individuals, irrespective of income or education
level; and
     WHEREAS, Our state’s water systems are key partners in oral health and the Rhode
Island Department of Health, on behalf of the CDC, presented awards to Cumberland, Newport,
Pawtucket, and Providence, in recognition of achieving the recommended level of fluoridation for
12 consecutive months within their water system; now, therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives of the State of Rhode Island and
Providence Plantations hereby urges all citizens and community organizations to observe
February as “National Children’s Dental Health Month” to encourage success in our children by
educating on the importance of smart dental habits, good dietary choices and fluoridated water so
their teeth can remain healthy and strong into adulthood; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to
transmit duly certified copies of this resolution to Director Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH,
Rhode Island Department of Health, and Marie Jones-Bridges, CDA, RDH, PHDH, BS,
Enterprise Clinical Service Community Based Coordinator, RI Rite Smiles Dental.