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Resources for 2018 National Children’s Dental Health Month

February 6, 2018 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month and this year the Campaign for Dental Health joins the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section on Oral Health in presenting an advocacy toolkit for pediatricians and health professionals serving children. The Oral Health Advocacy Toolkit was designed to help busy professionals improve… » Read Full Post

Grand Rapids: The 73rd Anniversary

January 25, 2018 Communities Supporting Fluoride Fluoride and Public Health Fluoride in the News

This week marks the 73rd anniversary of when Grand Rapids, Michigan became the first city in the world to fluoridate its public water system. Once the city commission approved the decision to fluoridate, the decay trends of Grand Rapids children were assessed under a study that was originally sponsored by the… » Read Full Post

Water = Good News for Three Childhood Diseases

November 14, 2017 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride

More good news arrived this week in the form of a new study on the most recent estimates of sugar sweetened beverage (SSB) consumption in the United States. Rates among children and adults declined between 2003 and 2014, according to data collected in those years from the National Health and… » Read Full Post

AAPD Policy on the Use of Silver Diamine Fluoride for Pediatric Dental Patients

October 31, 2017 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride What the Experts Say about Fluoride

Guest Blog Post by Yasmi O. Crystal DMD, MSc, FAAPD Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatric Dentistry NYU College of Dentistry   When very young children or children with special needs have cavities, placing fillings in their teeth can be a challenge for all involved. These children often need to be… » Read Full Post

Draw No Firm Conclusions from Prenatal Fluoride Exposure Study

October 20, 2017 Fluoride in the News

In these polarized times, it is all too easy to rush to defend our biases and to do so fiercely, leaving no room for reasoned discussion. That is one of the points made by Timothy Caulfield, Canada Research Chair in health law and policy at the University of Alberta, in… » Read Full Post

Initial Observations on the Prenatal Fluoride Exposure Study

September 21, 2017 Facts about Fluoride Fluoride in the News What the Experts Say about Fluoride

A new study published by Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) reports data from Mexico showing an association between higher fluoride urine levels among pregnant women and lower cognitive function among their offspring. This study is a welcome addition to scientific inquiry on the effects of fluoride. Using mother-child pairs, the study,… » Read Full Post

Adding to the Research on Thyroid & Fluoride Exposure

August 30, 2017 What the Experts Say about Fluoride

A new study finds no association between fluoride exposure and thyroid function. Fluoride exposure and indicators of thyroid functioning in the Canadian population: implications for community water fluoridation, was published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health on August 24, 2017. This study performed multiple analyses, beginning with a… » Read Full Post

Flint, Lead, and Communities of Color

August 16, 2017 Fluoride and Public Health Fluoride, Oral Health, and Access to Care

The Campaign for Dental Health has been tracking the safe drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan since water fluoridation advocates sounded the alarm in early 2015. At that time, environmental activist Erin Brockovich wrote a post on Facebook that questioned the use of funds to fluoridate the city’s water. (Brockovich… » Read Full Post

Tobacco 21: Protecting the Mouth and the Rest of the Body

August 14, 2017 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride

Here’s a quick challenge: make a list of the reasons why you should never start using tobacco products. Was improved oral health among them? Preventing early onset of tobacco use is an important factor in preventing gum disease and oral cancer. That’s why the Campaign for Dental Health supports Tobacco… » Read Full Post

New Recommendations for Water, Fruit Juice in Early Childhood

August 3, 2017 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride

Guest Blog Post by Laura Vollmer, RD, MPH, Nutrition Policy Institute A February 2017 expert panel report, “Feeding Guidelines for Infants and Young Toddlers: A Responsive Parenting Approach” from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Healthy Eating Research program, provides new direction on healthy nutrition for children aged 0-2. Early life diet and feeding… » Read Full Post