San Jose, CA Gives Residents a Timely Gift of Better Oral Health

December 20th, 2016 Communities Supporting Fluoride, Fluoride and Public Health, Fluoride in the News

The holiday season is a time of giving, and families in several areas of San Jose, California received an early gift on December 12 when their local water system began providing water with fluoride to their homes. Roughly 230,000 local residents gained access that day to fluoridated water—a public health approach that has been endorsed […]

City Officials Learn the Hard Way about Fluoridation

July 26th, 2016 Fluoride in the News

City council members, water board commissioners and other elected officials have a tough task when someone brings the issue of water fluoridation to their attention. This topic has been researched for more than 70 years, and thousands of studies have been conducted on fluoride or fluoridation. Figuring out which studies and statistics are credible and […]

Connecticut’s Strong Water Fluoridation Workgroup’s Statewide Victory

May 13th, 2016 Communities Supporting Fluoride, Fluoride in the News

Connecticut, the first state ever to approve a law assuring residents’ access to fluoridated water, successfully amended that law this month. While maintaining guaranteed access, the state changed the level of fluoride to the amount now recommended by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which reflects the current scientific evidence. Updating this law […]

Millions More Americans Benefit from Fluoridation

March 29th, 2016 Fluoride and Public Health, Fluoride in the News, Fluoride, Oral Health, and Access to Care

On March 25, 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released 2014 Water Fluoridation Statistics showing that, between 2008 and 2014, nearly 19 million more Americans benefited from water fluoridated to the optimal level to prevent tooth decay. Just since 2012, the number of Americans receiving fluoridated water grew by more than 3.5 […]

Ending Water Fluoridation: Who Pays the Price?

February 17th, 2016 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride, Fluoride and Public Health, Fluoride in the News, What the Experts Say about Fluoride

Five years ago this month, the city council of Calgary voted to cease community water fluoridation (CWF). Critics of this health practice said the absence of fluoridated water would make no difference. But ever since Canada’s 3rd largest city made that decision, a variety of health professionals have expressed concern, and more and more signs […]

A Strong Consensus of Editorial Support

February 16th, 2016 Facts about Fluoride, Fluoride in the News

Over the past dozen or so years, the topic of community water fluoridation (CWF) has generated intense discussion in a variety of U.S. cities and communities. In many cases, daily newspapers share their perspective through editorials. A five-year analysis of editorials from these newspapers reveals that more than 80% of them endorsed fluoridation. This is […]

Fluoride: Water Isn’t the Only Vehicle Used

January 21st, 2016 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride, Communities Supporting Fluoride, Fluoride and Public Health, Fluoride in the News

In Europe, a variety of methods are used to ensure that fluoride’s benefits reach a large population of children and adults. Ireland, England and Spain have water fluoridation programs that reach nearly 13 million people. Several areas of Italy have natural fluoride levels that are high enough to help prevent tooth decay. In Germany, Switzerland, […]

Star Athlete Endorses…Drinking Water!

December 22nd, 2015 Fluoride in the News

When was the last time you saw an athlete like basketball’s Stephen Curry choose to endorse something as healthful as drinking water? On December 17, 2015, Brita®, which makes water filtration products, announced a three-year deal with Steph Curry to promote not only Brita® but the health benefits of drinking water. Importantly, if your tap […]

National Governors Association Promotes Community Water Fluoridation

December 15th, 2015 Fluoride in the News, What the Experts Say about Fluoride

In an October 2015 paper, Health Investments that Pay Off: Strategies to Improve Oral Health, the National Governors Association (NGA) recommends that governors who want to address oral health needs should consider interventions with strong evidence of improving health outcomes, including community water fluoridation (CWF). Noting that tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood […]

Election Produces a Victory and a Setback

November 5th, 2015 Communities Supporting Fluoride, Fluoride in the News

At least two ballot measures on fluoridation were decided on November 3, 2015 by voters in two cities. Voters in Gloucester, Massachusetts supported the continuation of community water fluoridation, while voters in San Marcos, Texas adopted a city charter amendment that forbids this practice. Nearly two-thirds of voters in Gloucester backed a referendum asking “Shall […]