US Public Health Service Dental Officers Affirm Fluoridation on 75th Anniversary

July 14th, 2020 Communities Supporting Fluoride, Fluoride and Public Health, What the Experts Say about Fluoride

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of community water fluoridation (CWF), eight former United States Public Health Service (USPHS) Dental Officers have issued a statement affirming this public health practice. “Community water fluoridation is the great equalizer in prevention of dental caries because all individuals regardless of income or education are able to access their public […]


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 […]