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Can Maternal Urinary Fluoride Levels Be Associated with Effects in Children?

May 21, 2024

A new study in JAMA Network Open (Malin, et al.) claims to have found an association between mothers’ prenatal fluoride levels and later deficiencies in children’s executive function. This study…

Fluoride & IQ: Until recently, concerns were rarely raised

May 8, 2024

Thanks to fluoride in water, America has been preventing tooth decay for over 75 years. Fluoridation is effective, safe and benefits everyone regardless of age or income. About 3 out…

Kids know what makes teeth strong – fluoride!

May 7, 2024

What did you think about oral health when you were five years old? Chances are you didn’t think about it at all, unless you had a painful cavity. We asked…

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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.