Fake News: Not a New Problem

January 5th, 2017 Facts about Fluoride, Fluoride and Public Health, Fluoride in the News, Fluoride, Oral Health, and Access to Care, What the Experts Say about Fluoride

Fake news is not new. Those of us who talk to patients and communities about fluoride and fluoridation are very familiar with the phenomenon. In recent years, we’ve grown accustomed to seeing web articles like this one about Dallas officials ending community water fluoridation. On the contrary, the Dallas City Council voted to continue this […]


History Is Full of Bad Decisions

October 10th, 2016 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride, Facts about Fluoride, Fluoride and Public Health, What the Experts Say about Fluoride

We all have them, those cringe-inducing photos from 10 years ago. Did we really wear those colors? What made us like that hair style? Over time, change is inevitable. Even scientific facts and evidence evolve and change. That’s why, for example, in 2011 the Department of Health and Human Services revised the recommended level of […]


Fluoride Really Saved our Teeth

July 18th, 2016 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride, Facts about Fluoride, Fluoride and Public Health, Fluoride, Oral Health, and Access to Care, What the Experts Say about Fluoride

Maria Marquez is a pediatrician in the nation’s capital and a champion of children’s oral health. She knows from both professional and personal experience how much difference water with fluoride means to the health of children’s teeth. That’s why she shared her personal story with us in this new video, Fluoride Really Saved our Teeth. […]


National Toxicology Review of Fluoride

July 12th, 2016 Facts about Fluoride, What the Experts Say about Fluoride

Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently read a research review of fluoride that was conducted by the National Toxicology Program (NTP), and the CDC released a letter declaring that it “maintains its confidence that optimally fluoridated drinking water is a safe and effective tool to prevent tooth decay in children […]


Tap Water and Quality Standards

June 3rd, 2016 Fluoride and Public Health, What the Experts Say about Fluoride

A Philadelphia newspaper recently asked Dr Neilanjan Nandi about things people should know if they drink bottled water or reuse the same plastic bottles. Dr Nandi is an assistant professor at the Drexel University College of Medicine. Among other things, Dr Nandi offered a helpful reminder that most brands of bottled water lack enough fluoride […]


Ending Water Fluoridation: Who Pays the Price?

February 17th, 2016 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride, Fluoride and Public Health, Fluoride in the News, What the Experts Say about Fluoride

Five years ago this month, the city council of Calgary voted to cease community water fluoridation (CWF). Critics of this health practice said the absence of fluoridated water would make no difference. But ever since Canada’s 3rd largest city made that decision, a variety of health professionals have expressed concern, and more and more signs […]


Journalist’s Resource Takes On Fluoride Misinformation

January 22nd, 2016 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride, Facts about Fluoride, Fluoride and Public Health, What the Experts Say about Fluoride

Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy Journalist’s Resource recently published Fluoride in water in the United States and public health misinformation: Research review. Authors Brittany A. Seymour and Denise-Marie Ordway identify the rapid spread of misinformation online and caution journalists against creating a “false balance” in their reporting. The overwhelming body of […]


America’s Approach to Science

January 19th, 2016 Facts about Fluoride, What the Experts Say about Fluoride

We are surrounded by controversy, even in areas of science that are seemingly built upon facts. But as Danielle Teller discusses in a recent blog on Quartz, America makes the mistake of treating science as a bunch of facts when it is really a process of critical thinking. Community water fluoridation, like childhood vaccines, is […]


National Governors Association Promotes Community Water Fluoridation

December 15th, 2015 Fluoride in the News, What the Experts Say about Fluoride

In an October 2015 paper, Health Investments that Pay Off: Strategies to Improve Oral Health, the National Governors Association (NGA) recommends that governors who want to address oral health needs should consider interventions with strong evidence of improving health outcomes, including community water fluoridation (CWF). Noting that tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood […]