Community Water Fluoridation

girl drinking waterThis year marks the 70th anniversary of community water fluoridation — a practice recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century. Water fluoridation has played a major role in lowering the rate of tooth decay in the U.S. 

Studies show fluoridated water prevents at least 25 percent of tooth decay in children and adults, even with the use of other fluoride products. Community water fluoridation has proven to be a safe, effective and cost-saving public health measure for preventing tooth decay. 

On Sept. 10, Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, introduced H.Res. 416, a resolution to commemorate the anniversary of community water fluoridation and recognize the practice as the single most effective public health measure to prevent tooth decay. Celebrate the anniversary of this important public health measure by urging your representative to cosponsor H.Res. 416.

The 70th anniversary of community water fluoridation was celebrated at the APHA Annual Meeting: Session 3276.0

Everything you always wanted to know about fluoridation (courtesy the CDC)

APHA celebrates 70 years of community water fluoridation! (PDF)

APHA is a longtime, proud supporter of community water fluoridation as a safe, effective and cost-saving means of preventing tooth decay. For example:

A sampling of APHA policy statements on fluoridation:

Learn about the APHA Oral Health Section

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

American Dental Association

CDC page on community water fluoridation

Campaign for Dental Health

American Academy of Pediatrics

World Health Organization

NIDCR

U.S. Public Health Service 2015 Fluoride Guidelines (PDF)