Helpful Lessons from CWF Referenda

February 21st, 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 referenda are held. When CWF […]


More Evidence that Ending Fluoridation Backfires

December 21st, 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 those communities where CWF is […]


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

July 10th, 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 and ran multivariate analyses with […]


Repository of Oral Health Data Evaluation & Outcomes (ROHDEO)

May 7th, 2018 Fluoride and Public Health

The Repository of Oral Health Data Evaluation and Outcomes, a group with the fortunate acronym of ROHDEO, held a series of webinars in the last year that caught our attention. Although ROHDEO promotes collaboration among oral health stakeholders “across the state of Texas”, the webinars topics are of widespread interest. But first, borrowing from the […]


New Video: Importance of Water for Good Oral Health

May 5th, 2017 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride, Fluoride and Public Health, Fluoride, Oral Health, and Access to Care, Partners in Fluoride

The average child in the United States now consumes over half of her body weight in sugar every year. Much of it comes from sugary beverages including juice, sports drinks, and soda. Too much sugar can lead to serious health issues such as obesity, diabetes, and poor oral health. We know that some children, especially […]