Graphic courtesy of the ADA.
Education on benefits of fluoridation is a part of most, if not all, of our dental school curriculums. The American Dental Association has endorsed water fluoridation and fluoride-containing product usage as safe and effective measures for preventing tooth decay. Efforts by the ADA, coupled with the efforts of dentists and other health organizations, has led to a continual increase in the number of communities that have opted for fluoridating their water supplies. However, there are areas in the United States that do not have appropriately fluoridated water systems. From Jan. 2011 through May 2012, 43 states have experienced activity to initiate, retain or defeat fluoridation programs. Chapters should research fluoridation activity in their communities to determine whether they are appropriately fluoridated. For the communities they find that are not, chapters can work with local dental societies and government to implement appropriate fluoridation in water systems.
ASDA encourages the fluoridation of community water supplies as a scientifically-proven safe and effective means of preventing dental decay as recommended by the U.S. public health service.
The State of Fluoridation
With nearly sixty years of supporting fluoridation the ADA is a great resource for documents and information on this issue. On July 16, 2012, the ADA published the state of fluoridation. This article covers strategies to aide fluoridation in your community.
ADA's Community Water Fluoridation Resources
This web page contain products offered by the Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations and the ADA Catalog tailored to help community fluoridation efforts.
The Healthy People 2010 Information Access Project
Healthypeople.gov reports that currently over 62% of Americans drink fluoridated water. Their goal is to have 79.6% of Americans drinking fluoridated water by 2020 (section OH-13 is found here.)
ADA's Fluoridation Facts
This 71-page booklet covers topics such as the definition of fluoride, benefits, safety, public policy, cost effectiveness and more. It is loaded with facts citing over 350 scientific references. The booklet also contains a compendium of more than 125 "National and International Organizations That Recognize the Public Health Benefits of Community Water Fluoridation for Preventing Dental Decay."