Community Water Fluoridation Update
U.S. Public Health Service Recommendation for Fluoride Concentration in Drinking Water for the Prevention of Dental Caries
Montana Department of Environmental Quality
The Montana DEQ reports fluoride levels of all waters that have been tested. Results are posted on the DEQ website, fluoride data. Excel file of public water system fluoride data.
To have water from a private well tested for fluoride content, a water sample can be sent to the Montana Environmental Lab. Collection bottles and instructions are available by contacting the Environmental Lab.
Physician Applied Fluoride Varnish
Physicians, physician assistants and advance practice nurses can bill for fluoride varnish applications as a preventive strategy for dental decay. Use code D1206 on CMS‐1500 claim form. If a child is determined to be at high risk based on a Caries-Risk Assessment up to six fluoride varnish applications per year are allowed. Medicaid Provider Relations can answer claim questions at (800)624-3958 or in Helena (406)442-1837.
Each provider type has different methodology rules, dependent on where the dental services are rendered. Please refer to the appropriate provider type to verify allowable services at https://medicaidprovider.mt.gov/.
Caries-Risk Assessment Tool
On-line Oral Health Training
American Dental Association
The ADA offers fluoride resources on public water systems to promote the benefits of fluoridation. If a child does not reside in a community with fluoridated water, the ADA also offers a Fluoride Supplement Dosage Schedule to guide providers.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The CDC Community Water Fluoridation website offers resources on the benefits of community water fluoridation.
Children’s Dental Health Project
Content includes resources related to evidence-based strategies to prevent tooth decay. Fluoride Legislative User Information Database (FLUID) offers a comprehensive database of tools and research related to community water fluoridation.