Why Mention Water Fluoridation?

Teen and DoctorAs a healthcare professional, patients rely on your advice to live healthier, longer, lives. That is why it is vital to discuss how oral health and water fluoridation can help them do just that. Here are tools that can help!

Guides for Health Professionals and Parents/Caregivers
Community Water Fluoridation/Oral Health Posters
Additional Resources

When talking to your patients about oral health and fluoridation, here are a few key points to make:

When talking to your patients about oral health and fluoridation, here are a few key points to make:
Research has linked poor oral health to diseases such as diabetes, stroke, and heart disease.
  • Brush twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste
  • Floss daily
  • Cut down on snacks, especially those that are high in sugar or starch
  • Get regular check ups
  • Drink fluoridated water
Fluoride occurs naturally in almost all water but not always at levels that effectively prevent tooth decay. That’s why we practice community water fluoridation. Just as we add vitamin D to milk for healthy bones and folic acid to bread for healthy red blood cells, we adjust fluoride in water to the optimum level to prevent tooth decay.
More than 3,000 scientific studies and research findings have been published on fluoride. The overwhelming evidence supports the safety and effectiveness of water fluoridation. It is endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the World Health Organization, and many other respected health and medical organizations.
Community water fluoridation is credited with reducing tooth decay by as much as 25%, and that is over and above the effects of fluoridated products such as toothpaste and mouthrinse.

What Respected Organizations And Experts Say About Water Fluoridation
National Fluoride Information Centre (United Kingdom)

Note: Many anti-fluoridation activists tell the public that “Europe doesn’t fluoridate.” Although it is true that water fluoridation is not common in Europe, this argument is very misleading because there are other ways, such fluoridating salt and milk, that many European countries provide fluoride to their citizens:

“Salt fluoridation was introduced in Switzerland in 1955 and it is now estimated that fluoridated salt is available to nearly 200 million people worldwide, including Europe, Central and South America and the Caribbean. It is the preferred method of fluoridation on mainland Europe and is widely available in France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, Spain, Czech Republic and Slovakia.”

In addition, millions of Irish and English drink fluoridated water:

“Five and a half million people in England drink artificially fluoridated water. In these areas the children have among the lowest levels of tooth decay in the country. Recent independent research at the University of York has confirmed the benefits of fluoridation. Fluoridation works best in large towns with a simple water supply and where the children have high amounts of dental decay. People living in Birmingham and Newcastle have been drinking fluoridated water for more than 30 years.”

“Research shows that community water fluoridation offers perhaps the greatest return-on-investment of any dental care strategy.”
— Pew Charitable Trusts

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