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Sugar Bites – A Tool Educating Parents About Healthy Toddler Drinks

January 11, 2019

Guest blog post by Diane Dooley, MD, FAAP & Ali Uscilka, Executive Director, Healthy and Active Before 5 Although most parents realize that soda is not a healthy option for…

More Evidence that Ending Fluoridation Backfires

December 21, 2018

In recent years, a number of communities have considered whether to start or continue adding fluoride to their local drinking water—the process known as “community water fluoridation” (CWF). The good…

Improving Oral Health for Pregnant Women

December 18, 2018

Plenty of evidence shows that oral health is important during pregnancy. A recent report by the Children’s Dental Health Project (CDHP) calls more attention to this, explaining that a pregnant…

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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.