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Healthy communities create conditions that benefit everyone. Community water fluoridation helps all of us – the entire community – prevent unnecessary dental problems before they begin.
- Is ending fluoridation a good way to save tax dollars?
- Is adding fluoride to water a violation of individual rights?
- I read something on the internet about a condition called Dental Fluorosis. What exactly is it?
- Does drinking fluoridated water prevent tooth decay?
- Is fluoridated water safe for me and my children to drink?
- Why do we need fluoride?
- What is fluoride, and what are its uses?
- We brush our teeth with fluoride toothpaste every day. Do we still need fluoridated water?
- Should I be concerned about fluorosis from drinking fluoridated water?
- Who supports community water fluoridation?
- Are the types of fluoride used in drinking water safe?
- So, fluoridated drinking water is safe?
- Why should I support community water fluoridation?
- Where can I find out if there is fluoride in my drinking water?
Questions about fluoride?
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What's being debated?
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From the Front Line
July 17, 2023
Like any vitamin or trace element, fluoride in water must be properly balanced for maximum benefit to prevent tooth decay. The recommended amount of fluoride in water is currently 0.7…
July 5, 2023
In the early 1950s, health officials in cities across the United States, including those in Seattle, Washington, were eager to replicate the massive success of the first longitudinal fluoridation study…
June 22, 2023
The AAP Oral Health Risk Assessment tool has been updated to streamline and support this essential component of the well-child visit. The tool is now accompanied by an intake form…
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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.