From the Front Line

A Perfect Smile Comes at a Cost: How Poverty and Food Insecurity Cement Disparities in Oral Health

July 8, 2015 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride Fluoride and Public Health Fluoride, Oral Health, and Access to Care

Contributed by Qadira Ali Huff, MD, MPH Overview- Why This Matters: A picture-perfect smile falls just out of reach for many children living in poverty. Dental caries is the most common chronic childhood disease, and the burden of dental caries falls disproportionately on low-income and minority children (Dye et al.… » Read Full Post

CDC Statement on the Cochrane Review

July 6, 2015 Fluoride in the News

The Division of Oral Health of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published comments on the recent Cochrane review of water fluoridation. The comments include a detailed comparison of the Public Health Service (PHS) recommendation that was released in April 2015 by the U.S. Department of Health… » Read Full Post

The Cochrane Review of Community Water Fluoridation

June 22, 2015 Facts about Fluoride Fluoride in the News

In October 2000, the U.S. Community Preventive Services Task Force recommended community water fluoridation (CWF). In April 2013, the Task Force reaffirmed this recommendation and cited “strong evidence” of CWF’s ability to reduce the rate of tooth decay. A new review by the Cochrane Oral Health Group Review concludes that… » Read Full Post

Doubting Science and Reaching False Conclusions: Two Phenomena with Consequences for Community Water Fluoridation

March 4, 2015 Fluoride, Oral Health, and Access to Care

Advocates of community water fluoridation (CWF) stand on a bedrock of science that has been decades in the making and is thousands of studies deep. So the growing disbelief in science and medicine is a troubling and dangerous trend. Two recent blog posts shed light on why people doubt and… » Read Full Post

Could the nation’s security depend on community water fluoridation?

February 3, 2015 Fluoride and Public Health Fluoride, Oral Health, and Access to Care

Most people don’t know that a leading cause for why recruits in both World War I and II were rejected from serving in the military was a lack of teeth. And, if asked to take a guess, many of us might venture that people’s teeth aren’t nearly as bad today.… » Read Full Post

Proof Around the Globe

December 4, 2014 What the Experts Say about Fluoride

How do we know community water fluoridation (CWF) is effective? Because the research says so. We are talking about literally hundreds of studies, including those that examined the safety of fluoridation and its positive impact on reducing the tooth decay rates. The U.S. Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends fluoridation… » Read Full Post

Smoking: You know it is bad for your health, but what about your teeth?

July 14, 2014 Fluoride, Oral Health, and Access to Care

Contributed by the Children’s Dental Health Project When dentists and other health care professionals talk to patients about how to protect their teeth and gums from dental disease, they usually stress what people should do. But it is worth reminding ourselves what not to do. We all know the kind of… » Read Full Post

Now Available in Spanish: How Fluoride Works

June 27, 2014 Campaign for Dental Health News Facts about Fluoride

The Campaign for Dental Health (CDH) is happy to announce that the How Fluoridation Works poster and graphic are now available in Spanish! This resource compliments the How Fluoride Works video that is also available through the CDH website. Cómo la Fluoración de la agua de Comunitaria Previene Caries Dental is now available for… » Read Full Post

Fluoride Rocks! We Must Continue Community Water Fluoridation – APWA Article

June 13, 2014 Partners in Fluoride

Jim Behmer, Director of the Salisbury-Rowen Utilities in North Carolina, published an article in the February 2014 issue of APWA Reporter (the American Public Works Association (APWA) magazine) on the importance of community water fluoridation as a safe and effective public health strategy for protecting oral health. Read more » Read Full Post

Community Water Fluoridation: An Instrument of Social Justice

April 10, 2014 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride Fluoride and Public Health

Among the many sound reasons to support fluoridation, there is one that is trumpeted less frequently than the others, perhaps because it sounds – well – pretty radical: community water fluoridation (CWF) is a powerful weapon in the fight for social justice and health equity. Evidence Supports Benefits of Fluoridation… » Read Full Post