From the Front Line

Spokane takes a key step to fluoridate

November 2, 2020 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride Communities Supporting Fluoride

In September, the city council in Spokane, Washington voted to approve a contract for a grant that puts 250,000 people on a path toward community water fluoridation (CWF). Spokane has the largest public water system in the state without the recommended level of fluoride for reducing the rate of tooth… » Read Full Post

Even Small Gains Improve Dental Health

October 5, 2020 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride Facts about Fluoride

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 researchers report that cavity-related dental visits for low-income children are lower in counties that provide CWF to more families. The… » Read Full Post

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

July 14, 2020 Communities Supporting Fluoride Fluoride and Public Health What the Experts Say about Fluoride

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 water fluoridation is the great equalizer in prevention of dental caries because all individuals regardless of income or education are… » Read Full Post

New Research Enhances Confidence in Fluoridation’s Safety

May 14, 2020 Facts about Fluoride

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 book entitled The Case Against Fluoride complained: “Many health questions remain unasked and unanswered.” The fact is that a number… » Read Full Post

Covid-19 and Oral Health

May 4, 2020 Children's Oral Health

The shelter-in-place restrictions issued in most states to contain the spread of Covid-19 have disrupted well-child medical visits and, for those lucky enough to have had access in the past, routine dental appointments, too. These visits are important for disease prevention, including dental disease, and they are opportunities for parents… » Read Full Post

Review: Science Doesn’t Back NTP Conclusion

April 1, 2020 Fluoride in the News

Last fall, the National Toxicology Program (NTP) released a draft monograph with the conclusion that “fluoride is presumed to be a cognitive neurodevelopmental hazard to humans.” Before finalizing its monograph, NTP asked a committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) to assess whether its conclusion is… » Read Full Post

Maternal Fluoride & Children’s IQ

September 12, 2019 Fluoride in the News

Fluoride in water is an important way to prevent tooth decay, which causes millions of lost hours of work and school each year. We know from seven decades of scientific research that an optimal level of fluoride in water is safe and effective in preventing tooth decay by at least 25% in… » Read Full Post

AAP continues to recommend fluoride following new study on maternal intake and child IQ

August 19, 2019 Featured

A new study published by JAMA Pediatrics on August 19, 2019, “Association Between Maternal Fluoride Exposure During Pregnancy and IQ Scores in Offspring in Canada”, found maternal exposure to higher levels of fluoride during pregnancy was associated with lower IQ scores in children aged 3 to 4 years. The study… » Read Full Post

What You Need to Know About Fluorosis Today

April 26, 2019 Fluoride in the News

Fluoride is an important mineral, especially for children. Our mouths contain bacteria that use sugars in the foods we eat and the beverages we drink to produce an acid that harms our teeth. Fluoride protects our teeth. But too much fluoride can cause something called dental fluorosis. Dental fluorosis is… » Read Full Post

Thank Your Water Utility Operator

April 12, 2019 Fluoride and Public Health

Water utility personnel are the unsung heroes of public health. The important work they do ensures that we have clean, safe drinking water. Where fluoridated, that water supply helps reduce dental disease for children and adults by as much as 25%. Utility operators don’t receive a lot of recognition for… » Read Full Post

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