From the Front Line

U.S. Department of Defense Salutes Fluoride

May 6, 2013 Fluoride and Public Health Fluoride, Oral Health, and Access to Care

A memorandum issued in March 2013 by a senior official with the U.S. Department of Defense outlines plans to ensure that all military personnel have access to fluoridated water. The memo reports that the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs "has determined that providing optimally fluoridated water at DoD… » Read Full Post

CWF: “Still the Optimal” Approach

May 3, 2013 What the Experts Say about Fluoride

Some people who oppose community water fluoridation (CWF) suggest that instead of this public health approach, people should go get fluoride treatments at a dental office. We have long known that fluoridated water is the most inexpensive way to provide fluoride's crucial benefits. Now, a recently released study in the… » Read Full Post

Grassroots Advocacy Efforts Protect Community Water Fluoridation

May 2, 2013 Communities Supporting Fluoride

The remarkable grassroots advocacy efforts of Dr Johnny Johnson, a pediatric dentist in Florida, are highlighted in the January/February 2013 issue of Today's FDA (Florida Dental Association). Dr Johnson's efforts succeeded in overturning a 2011 decision to cease fluoridating the water supply for more than 700,000 residents by the Pinellas… » Read Full Post

Columnist Cites the “Magic” of Fluoride

May 1, 2013 Fluoride in the News

Ishmael Daro is using fact and a nice dose of humor to help the public separate fact from fiction when it comes to community water fluoridation. The Canadian newspaper columnist shares information from a new German study about fluoride that builds on the "already-towering pile of evidence" showing that small… » Read Full Post

Reliable Info for Pregnant Women

April 29, 2013 Facts about Fluoride

Anti-fluoride activists circulate a lot of misinformation.  One example is this web page, which raises fears about the fluoride that pregnant women receive.  This is the same website that posts studies from a man who co-wrote a book claiming falsely that HIV does not cause AIDS. Get the facts by… » Read Full Post

Delta Dental Survey Studies Public Perceptions of Fluoridated Water

April 26, 2013 Partners in Fluoride

The 2013 Delta Dental Children's Oral Health Survey highlights that approximately 60% of parents and other guardians of children say they are more likely to give children bottled water than tap water, potentially depriving kids of fluoride that is critical to good oral health. In addition, only 17% of parents… » Read Full Post

U.S. Surgeon General Endorses Community Water Fluoridation

April 24, 2013 What the Experts Say about Fluoride

U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, MD officially endorsed community water fluoridation on April 22, 2013 as "one of the most effective choices communities can make to prevent health problems while actually improving the oral health of their citizens." Dr Benjamin made her endorsement via a letter read at the opening… » Read Full Post

Would You Call This “Great News”?

April 23, 2013 Fluoride in the News

It is nothing to celebrate when 51% of the children in a city or community have cavities. Tooth decay has many consequences for kids, affecting their ability to eat, sleep and learn. Yet, believe it or not, an anti-fluoride group in Portland, Oregon sent an email calling it "great news"… » Read Full Post

Surgeon General Endorses Fluoridation

April 22, 2013 What the Experts Say about Fluoride

Dr Regina Benjamin, the surgeon general of the U.S., joined a long list of surgeons general today by issuing this public statement endorsing community water fluoridation. In her statement, Dr Benjamin wrote: Fluoridation’s effectiveness in preventing tooth decay is not limited to children, but extends throughout life, resulting in fewer… » Read Full Post

PolitiFact: Anti-Fluoride Claim Is “False”

April 20, 2013 Facts about Fluoride

For the 4th time, the fact-checkers at PolitiFact have explored claims made by anti-fluoride activists. And for the 4th time, PolitiFact has found their assertions to be false or deceptive. This time, the assertion was made by an anti-fluoride group in Portland, Oregon. The group called Clean Water Portland tried to spin… » Read Full Post