Network for Public Health Law Affirms CWF
Following the April 2015 release of the new U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recommendations, the Network for Public Health Law released an excellent issue brief on community water fluoridation (CWF). It provides a concise explanation of the history, process and public health impact of water fluoridation. It also examines how fluoride is regulated, the roles of different levels of government, and the safety and benefits of community water fluoridation.
It concludes, “Community water fluoridation has greatly improved oral health in the United States. Misinformation about how fluoride is regulated and about the safety and benefits of fluoridated water, however, continues to impede fluoridation efforts in many parts of the country. The issuance of the new HHS recommendations provides an opportunity for public health officials to clarify the complementary roles that federal, state, and local governments play in water fluoridation and to highlight the tremendous contribution that water fluoridation has made to public health.”