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CDC Launches Oral Health Data and Promotes My Water’s Fluoride

May 12, 2015

Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched a new database to track oral health information. Oral Health Data has replaced the National Oral Health Surveillance System (NOHSS),…

Rockport, Massachusetts Votes to Retain Fluoridation!

May 7, 2015

After a somewhat contentious debate regarding the retention of community water fluoridation (CWF) in the small town of Rockport, Massachusetts, the residents have recognized the benefits of CWF and voted…

There’s No Reason to Argue About Fluoridation

May 6, 2015

In Rockport, Massachusetts, opponents to community water fluoridation (CWF) continue to challenge the practice and The Boston Globe continues to fire back with solid reporting of the activities happening there.…

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#Fluoridation remains critically important. Tooth decay affects more than 90% of Americans by their adult years. http://ow.ly/LfcWn

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The Campaign for Dental Health offers FREE posters in English and Spanish about water #fluoridation and #oralhealth http://ow.ly/Ka9bJ

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Encourage drinking tap water! Communities w/ #fluoridated tap water get 25% fewer cavities. http://ow.ly/Lfa4C #oralhealth

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The Campaign for Dental Health (CDH) was created to ensure that people of all ages have access to the most effective and affordable way to protect teeth from decay — community water fluoridation (CWF). Why? Not that long ago, run-away cavities and gap-toothed smiles were commonplace. Thankfully, the past half century has seen lots of progress. Better dental care and widespread fluoridation have vastly improved our oral health.

But this progress has been uneven. Millions of people, especially poor and minority children, suffer needlessly from dental problems. Poor oral health leads to missed hours of school and work, more costly and involved treatment, and sometimes life-threatening infections. Community water fluoridation is the safest, most effective and equitable way to help reduce and prevent dental disease for people of all ages.

The CDH is a broad network of oral health advocates, health professionals, child and family organizations, and scientists working together to preserve our nation’s gains in oral health. Our mission is to provide the public and policy makers with the evidence-based information and tools they need to promote and protect fluoridation. Read more about the CDH here.

We encourage you to read more about how fluoride works, the debate over fluoridation, and common myths and facts. Find resources to help you act now to promote oral health. Learn and share accurate, science-based information about CWF. We have answers to common questions about fluoride and guidance on how to protect children’s teeth. Or type your questions directly into the search box.