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Meadville, Pennsylvania Votes to Initiate Fluoridation

June 20, 2017

The favorable 3-2 vote on starting water fluoridation in Meadville, Pennsylvania is wonderful news. Although Meadville isn't a large city, this win is very important for several reasons. First, several…

Support Gun Violence Prevention for #HealthyCommunities

June 1, 2017

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is committed to programs and policies that improve the lives of children and families so they can achieve their full potential.¹ The Campaign for…

American Academy of Pediatrics Recommends No Fruit Juice for Children Under 1 Year

May 30, 2017

On May 22, 2017, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released new juice recommendations saying that the fruit juice holds no nutritional value for children under the age of 1…

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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.