Community Water Fluoridation

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Community water fluoridation is the most cost-effective way to deliver fluoride to people of all ages, education levels, and income levels who live in a community.

Recognized by the CDC as one of the great public health achievements of the 20th century, community water fluoridation is recommended by nearly all public health, medical, and dental organizations, including the American Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, U.S. Public Health Service, and World Health Organization. For over 70 years, people in the U.S. have benefited from drinking water with fluoride, leading to better dental health.

Equal access to sufficient levels of community water fluoridation must be ensured. Currently, community water fluoridation—the adjustment of water fluoride that occurs naturally in water to protect oral health—reaches 66 percent of Americans, or 211 million people, on public water supplies; however, over 100 million Americans do not receive fluoridated water. The fluoridation of water at levels for optimal dental health is a proper means of protecting and furthering the public’s health.

Local health departments play a critical role in educating their communities and promoting effective strategies to improve and maintain oral health. The resources below are for health departments and other local organizations to educate and inform their communities about the benefits of fluoridation.

Community water fluoridation adjusts the amount of fluoride in drinking water to the level known to reduce tooth decay and promote good oral health. Water fluoridation’s biggest advantage is that it is the best method of delivering fluoride to all members of the community, regardless of age, education, income level, or access to routine dental care. The Community Water Fluoridation Online Resources for Local Health Departments guide includes the latest information on fluoridation, from national organizations to state water authorities.

This fact sheet provides the top nine reasons to promote community water fluoridation.

A lot of myths and misinformation about fluoridation are floating around online, and this resource uses hard evidence to explain why the most shared myths are incorrect.

Using social media to share key fluoridation messages is an ideal way to expand the reach of your communications and target a wider audience. Below are social media messages and graphics ready to post on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Community Water Fluoridation Policy Statement

NACCHO Policy Statement on Community Water Fluoridation

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Community Water Fluoridation Policy Statement

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Updates on Pilot Project Grantees

Strengthening Community Water Fluoridation to Prevent Cavities

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Updates on Pilot Project Grantees

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Announcement of NACCHO and CDC’s Pilot Project

Improving Oral Health through Local Water Fluoridation

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Announcement of NACCHO and CDC’s Pilot Project

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