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ADA Hosts Celebration of 70 Years of Water Fluoridation

September 21, 2015

Marking an important public health anniversary, 90 people from 28 states and two countries came together at the American Dental Association (ADA) Headquarters on September 11-12 to celebrate water fluoridation…

Monster Free Mouths Movement

September 17, 2015

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) has launched a new consumer-friendly hub on for the Monster-Free Mouths Movement. The hub is designed to cater to the on-the-go lifestyle…

Reducing Early Childhood Tooth Decay: Approaches in Medicaid Issue Briefs

September 15, 2015

Medicaid spends billions of dollars every year on dental care for children, but their oral health is not improving. States across the nation are redesigning their health care systems 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.