From the Front Line

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

Helpful Lessons from CWF Referenda

February 21, 2019 Fluoride and Public Health

Usually, community water fluoridation (CWF) is a policy adopted by a vote of a city council, a water utility board or another local governing entity. Yet, occasionally, CWF is placed on an election ballot and referred to voters, who decide the issue. Two recent studies offer helpful insights about CWF… » Read Full Post

How Fluoridation Works Graphics Updated!

January 24, 2019 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride

The Campaign for Dental Health (CDH) is happy to announce that the How Fluoridation Works poster and graphic have been updated with new images and are available in both Spanish and English!  And now a new format is available that allows for printing of full-size, 18x24 posters! These resources compliment the How Fluoride… » Read Full Post

Sugar Bites – A Tool Educating Parents About Healthy Toddler Drinks

January 11, 2019 Public Education Materials

Guest blog post by Diane Dooley, MD, FAAP & Ali Uscilka, Executive Director, Healthy and Active Before 5 Although most parents realize that soda is not a healthy option for their kids many have no idea just how much sugar is in the beverages they serve to children. Sugary drinks… » Read Full Post

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