Campaign for Dental Health

Over the past half century, better dental care and fluoridation have transformed American oral health. Run-away tooth decay and rows of missing teeth, once commonplace, are now rarer than ever. But this evolution has not proceeded evenly. Millions of children, especially poor and minority kids, are needlessly suffering from oral health problems. So the Campaign for Dental Health has organized to defend our progress and ensure that more children get the basic dental care they need to grow, learn, and lead healthy lives.


Boy Using Water FountainThe Campaign for Dental Health (CDH) was created to ensure that people of all ages have access to the most effective, affordable and equitable way to protect teeth from decay — community water fluoridation.

The CDH is a broad network of oral health advocates, health professionals, child and family organizations, and scientists who are working together to preserve our nation’s gains in oral health. More than 140 local, state, and national organizations are partners in the CDH. It is our mission to provide the public and policy makers with the evidence-based information and tools they need to promote and protect this important public health measure. We believe, quite simply, that life is better with teeth.

To find out how to become a Campaign partner or to request additional information from the CDH, visit the Contact Us page for ways to connect with us.


Children with healthy mouths do better in school and are more likely to become happy and successful adults. We want our communities to make rational decisions about their health based on science, not fear. The goal of our work and this website is to share the facts about oral health and preventive strategies like fluoride.

CDH Project Advisory Committee

Alyssa Palmer, JD, Chairperson
Wisconsin Oral Health Coalition; Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin

William Bailey, DDS, MPH
University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine

Emily Firman, MPH, LICSW
Washington Dental Service Foundation

Matt Jacob, BA
Children's Dental Health Project

Charlotte Lewis, MD, MPH, FAAP
University of Washington

Jane McGinley, RDH, MBA
American Dental Association

LaQuia Vinson, DDS, MPH
National Dental Association; Indiana University School of Dentistry

Shannon Weatherly
America’s Toothfairy: National Children’s Oral Health Foundation


The Campaign for Dental Health is a program of the American Academy of Pediatrics, generously supported in part by the DentaQuest Foundation and the Washington Dental Service Foundation.

The Debate

A quick primer on both sides of the fluoride debate.

Sort Through the Science »


Answers to all your fluoridation questions, without the technical talk.

Get the Answers »


Help everyone learn about fluoride.

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Who is With Us

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  • Aetna Better Health IL
  • American Academy of Pediatrics, Colorado Chapter
  • American Academy of Pediatrics DC
  • American Academy of Pediatrics, Missouri Chapter
  • American Academy of Pediatrics RI
  • American Dental Hygienists Association
  • American Fluoridation Society
  • Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs
  • Children's Dental Services
  • El Centro AMISTAD
  • First Focus
  • Idaho Oral Health Alliance
  • Mecklenburg County Medical Society
  • Minnesota Oral Health Coalition
  • National Association of Community Health Centers
  • National Association of School Nurses
  • National Drinking Water Alliance
  • New Hampshire Oral Health Coalition
  • North Carolina Oral Health Collaborative
  • Operation Grace MN
  • Operation Healthy Family
  • Oral Health Forum
  • Oregon Community Foundation
  • Oregon Office of Rural Health
  • Pierce County Oral Health Coalition
  • Rhode Island Oral Health Commission
  • Tacoma Pierce County Health Department
  • Utah Department of Health
  • Washington State Oral Health Coalition
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