What's being debated?

A quick primer on both sides of the fluoride debate.

Sort through the science

Who is With Us

Join the network of more than 150 advocacy, health professional, child and family wellbeing, and scientific organizations working together to preserve our nation’s gains in oral health. Becoming an organizational partner is simple and free of charge. Click below and join us today.

Become a partner

From the Front Line

Even Small Gains Improve Dental Health

October 5, 2020

Can even a small increase in the population reached by community water fluoridation (CWF) have a positive health impact? The answer is yes, according to a new U.S. study. The…

US Public Health Service Dental Officers Affirm Fluoridation on 75th Anniversary

July 14, 2020

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of community water fluoridation (CWF), eight former United States Public Health Service (USPHS) Dental Officers have issued a statement affirming this public health practice. "Community…

New Research Enhances Confidence in Fluoridation’s Safety

May 14, 2020

One of the common themes of fluoridation critics is that not enough research has been done on the safety of this health practice. For example, the authors of a 2010…

View All »

Tweets and Posts

Sign up for our newsletter

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.