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Michigan offering grants to support fluoridation equipment

Michigan is offering grants to communities for reimbursement for fluoridation equipment purchases as part of an effort to improve dental health.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says communities may be eligible if they're not currently fluoridating drinking water and are purchasing equipment for the purpose of initiating a community water fluoridation program.

Delta Dental of Michigan is supporting the effort.

Health experts say drinking fluoridated water from birth can reduce tooth decay. If funds allow, money also will reimburse communities for upgrading and replacing existing or worn out equipment.

Requests may be made for up to $24,000 and must be used for new or replacement fluoridation equipment purchased from April 1, 2016, through Sept. 15, 2016.