From the Front Line

More Evidence that Ending Fluoridation Backfires

December 21, 2018 Fluoride and Public Health

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 news is that roughly 80% of them decided in favor of CWF in 2017. The bad news is that in… » Read Full Post

Improving Oral Health for Pregnant Women

December 18, 2018 Fluoride, Oral Health, and Access to Care Uncategorized

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 woman with healthy teeth and gums can also put her newborn on a path to good oral health. The CDHP… » Read Full Post

Why should dental professionals talk about tobacco?

December 14, 2018 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride

Tobacco is the leading cause of death in the United States, killing 480,000 users each year. Over 15% of adults and nearly 20% of youth in the US are current tobacco users, and 2 in 5 children are regularly exposed to tobacco smoke. Smoking, use of smokeless tobacco products, and… » Read Full Post

American Association for Dental Research Affirms Support for Community Water Fluoridation

October 30, 2018 Facts about Fluoride

Guest Blog Post by A. Seun Ajiboye, PhD, Director of Science Policy and Government Affairs, International & American Associations for Dental Research In 2018, the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) joined a comprehensive list of health and medical organizations in support of community water fluoridation, passing a policy statement… » Read Full Post

A Game of Telephone: Pro-CWF vs Anti-CWF Information Online

July 18, 2018 Facts about Fluoride

There’s good and bad news for fluoridation advocates in a new study of how information on community water fluoridation (CWF) spreads online, both with important lessons. The authors of Community water fluoridation online: an analysis of the digital media ecosystem collected stories on fluoridation and then categorized the sources they… » Read Full Post

Breaking News! Water Fluoridation Helps Reduce Decay in U.S. Kids and Teens

July 10, 2018 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride Facts about Fluoride Fluoride and Public Health Fluoride in the News Fluoride, Oral Health, and Access to Care

A new analysis has found that community water fluoridation (CWF) reduces decay by as much as 30-39% in children’s baby teeth (primary dentition) and by 12-24% in permanent teeth. The analysis was complex. It merged National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) results with Water Fluoridation Reporting System (WFRS) data… » Read Full Post

New Resources: Common Questions About Fluorosis and Fluoride

June 26, 2018 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride Facts about Fluoride

Parents have questions, and we have answers. The Campaign for Dental Health has just released new, simpler versions of two of our handouts for parents and caregivers, in both Spanish and English. Enhanced graphics, bold formatting, and a reduction in the amount of text makes these quicker and easier to… » Read Full Post

New PSAs Offer Tips to Parents

June 22, 2018 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride

When it comes to children’s dental health, much of the policy conversation revolves around insurance coverage, access to care, and other health systems issues. Daily activities like drinking water with fluoride and making home care a regular routine are important too. The Children’s Dental Health Project (CDHP) and UnitedHealthcare are meeting… » Read Full Post

Two Decades of Persisting Income-Disparities in Dental Caries Among US Children and Adolescents

June 21, 2018 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride

Guest Blog Post by Lourdes M. Secola, DMD, MScD, DDS, Cert.PH West Maple Pediatric Dentistry. Omaha, NE Dental caries – known to most of us as tooth decay – continues to be the most common preventable disease of childhood. And the poorer you are, the worse your dental disease is… » Read Full Post

Pediatricians Prefer Prevention

June 11, 2018 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride Facts about Fluoride What the Experts Say about Fluoride

Guest Blog Post by Lori Byron, MD, FAAP, Member Executive Committee, Council on Environmental Health, American Academy of Pediatrics Good overall health includes good oral health! Fortunately, dental health has improved radically in the past century. Unfortunately, Black, Latinx, and Native American children, and those from families with low incomes, continue… » Read Full Post