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Your teens may think that they don’t need you anymore, but they’ll always need their teeth!

February 22, 2017

Do you remember chasing your toddler around trying to brush his teeth before bed? You may not have to do that anymore, but oral health is as important for adolescents…

A Framework for Addressing Social Determinants of Oral Health for Low-Income Populations

February 21, 2017

Guest Blogger: Stacey Chazin, MPH, Director of Prevention Programs, Center for Health Care Strategies There is growing evidence that the way people live, learn, work, and play has a significant…

A Year of Oral Health Guidance in Review

February 1, 2017

Guest Blogger: David Cavano, DDS, Member, AAP Section on Oral Health Sometimes it is hard to keep up with all of the new guidance about our health. What we were…

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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.