From the Front Line

A Wartime Breakthrough for Children’s Oral Health

February 21, 2024 Children's Oral Health Children's Oral Health and Fluoride Facts about Fluoride Fluoride and Public Health

Amid the fighting of World War II, an urgent need to relocate children in Great Britain led to a powerful discovery — one that helped to revolutionize public health and children’s oral health. In a recent newspaper article, British dentist Ray Lowry told this fascinating story. Early in the war,… » Read Full Post

Taking a Fresh Look at British Fluoride Study

November 7, 2023 Facts about Fluoride Fluoride and Public Health Fluoride in the News

In recent years, multiple studies have compared the impact of water fluoridation with communities that lacked access to this preventive health practice. Each one of these studies has revealed fluoridation’s benefits, but let’s take a closer look at the most recent study, which was conducted in England. The purpose of… » Read Full Post

Study: Fluoridation More Beneficial than Free Dental Care

November 2, 2023 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride Fluoride and Public Health Health Equity

A new study has linked community water fluoridation (CWF) in Israel with lower rates of tooth decay. The authors found no such link between decay and the effects of free dental services which were mandated in 2014. When Israel adopted nationwide water fluoridation in 2002, tooth decay among children fell… » Read Full Post

What does the EPA say about fluoride?

July 17, 2023 Fluoride and Public Health What the Experts Say about Fluoride

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 parts per million, a level that prevents both cavities and fluorosis. Although fluoride occurs naturally in all water, in the… » Read Full Post

Fluoride in the Emerald City – History of Fluoridation in Seattle, Washington

July 5, 2023 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride Communities Supporting Fluoride Fluoride and Public Health

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 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Seattle-King County Department of Public Health first proposed fluoridating Seattle’s water in 1951. The city… » Read Full Post

New Tools for Oral Health Risk Assessment

June 22, 2023 Children's Oral Health Health Equity Infographics

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 to collect pertinent patient information from parents/caregivers. An updated self-management goal sheet supports shared decision-making on preventing cavities and maintaining… » Read Full Post

Help for kids’ teeth: Another fluoridation study reports “clinically significant” benefits

June 22, 2023 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride Fluoride and Public Health Health Equity

A team of researchers in England examined the impact of community water fluoridation and has reported “strong evidence for a highly clinically significant reduction” in the prevalence and severity of tooth decay. This new study, The effect of community water fluoridation on dental caries in children and young people in… » Read Full Post

A Call to Expand Fluoridation in Britain

April 6, 2023 Communities Supporting Fluoride Health Equity Sustain or Initiate Fluoridation in your Community

In the United Kingdom, the Association of Directors of Public Health (ADPH) is urging the government to pursue six strategies to reduce disparities in children's oral health. One of the six strategies advanced by ADPH is to increase the number of community water fluoridation programs. ADPH describes fluoridation as "the… » Read Full Post

Lack of Fluoridation Shocks Buffalo Health Advocates

February 1, 2023 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride Fluoride in the News

City officials and local health advocates in Buffalo, New York, were recently shocked to learn that the city’s water system had stopped fluoridating drinking water in 2015. Regulations established by the Safe Drinking Water Act require a report each April of the previous year’s water quality. Yet, water officials in… » Read Full Post

What does the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry say about fluoride?

January 31, 2023 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride Facts about Fluoride Partners in Fluoride

The Campaign for Dental Health provides numerous resources to help you understand fluoridated water and address questions about fluoride. As part of that, we like to highlight what our partners say about fluoride. One of our closely aligned partners, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), has much to say… » Read Full Post

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