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Debunking Unreliable Claims: The “Harvard study”

November 17, 2015

Dr Brittany Seymour, assistant professor in oral health policy and epidemiology at Harvard School of Dental Medicine, debunks unreliable claims about water fluoridation in this new video, providing much-needed information…

Doctors and Dentists are Parents Too – And They Support Community Water Fluoridation

November 16, 2015

Many people assume their community has fluoridated tap water, and, confident in the knowledge that it is safe and effective, are surprised to learn that the practice is sometimes called…

The American Public Health Association Salutes Fluoridation

November 6, 2015

Community water fluoridation was featured prominently at the 2015 annual meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA) in Chicago from October 31 to November 4, 2015. In addition to…

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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.