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Fluoride is Effective

Each of these leading health authorities publicly endorses community water fluoridation:
  • American Dental Association
  • American Medical Association
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • U.S. Surgeon General
  • World Health Organization
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • American Public Health Association
  • International Association of Dental Research
  • American Association for Public Health Dentistry
  • National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
  • Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors

  • -- Weight of the Evidence

Studies consistently show that water fluoridation reduces tooth decay by 18-40 percent.
--Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Public Health Service report on fluoride benefits and risks. Journal of the American Medical Association 1991; 266(8):1061 – 1067.

Research proves that fluoridation reduces tooth decay by at least 25 percent. As the rate of fluoridation steadily increased in the U.S., the average number of decayed, filled or missing teeth among 12-year-olds fell 68 percent between 1966 and 1994.
-- A national task force of experts found that decay was reduced by a median rate of 29 percent. The children who experienced this reduction in the median decay rate were aged 4 to 17. See: The U.S. Task Force on Community Preventive Services. Summary of Task Force Recommendations and Findings. 2002. http://www.thecommunityguide.org/oral/fluoridation.html.
-- U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Achievements in Public Health, 1900-1999: Fluoridation of Drinking Water to Prevent Dental Caries, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. 1999:48(41);936.

Children with poor dental health are nearly 3 times more likely to miss school. Teens with dental pain are 4 times more likely to earn lower grades.
-- PEW Charitable Trusts. Dental Problems Affect School Performance, August 15, 2012 Press Release. http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/about/news-room/press-releases/2012/08/15/dental-problems-affect-school-performance

A 2010 study in the American Journal of Public Health confirmed that consuming fluoridated water as a young child makes the loss of teeth due to decay less likely 40-50 years later when that child is an adult.

A study of two similar, adjacent communities in Arkansas showed that residents without access to fluoridated water had twice as many cavities as those with access to fluoridated water.
--Mouden, L. “Fluoride: The Natural State of Water.” Arkansas Dentistry; Summer 2005; 77(2): 15-16

A New York study (2010) revealed that low-income children in less fluoridated counties needed 33 percent more fillings, root canals, and extractions than those in counties where fluoridated water was common.
-- Kumar JV, Adekugbe O, Melnik TA. Geographic Variation in Medicaid Claims for Dental Procedures in New York State: Role of Fluoridation Under Contemporary Conditions. Public Health Reports. 2010:125(5);647-54. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2925000/.

A study of Alaska children (2011) showed that kids living in non-fluoridated areas had a 32 percent higher rate of decayed, missing or filled teeth than kids in fluoridated communities.
-- U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dental Caries in Rural Alaska Native Children – Alaska, 2008. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. 2011:60(37);1275-1278. http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6037a2.htm?s_cid=mm6037a2_x.

A Nevada study (2010) examined teenagers’ oral health and found that living in a community without fluoridated water was one of the top three factors associated with high rates of decay and other dental problems.
-- Ditmyer M, Dounis G, Mobley C, Schwarz E. A case-control study of determinants for high and low dental caries prevalence in Nevada youth. BMC Oral Health. 2010:10(24). http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2989299/.

A study of Illinois communities (1995) reviewed changes in decay rates during the 1980s. This study concluded that water fluoridation was “the dominant factor” in the decline of cavities.
-- Selwitz RH, Nowjack-Raymer RE, Kindman A, Driscoll WS. Prevalence of Dental Caries and Dental Fluorosis in Areas with Optimal and Above-optimal Water Fluoride Concentrations: a 10-Year Follow-up Survey. Journal of Public Health Dentistry. 1995:55(2);90. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7643332.

The benefits of fluoridation are long-lasting. A recent study of U.S. adults found that those born in counties with fluoridation lose fewer teeth than those born in fluoride-deficient counties.
--M. Neidell, K Herzog, S Glied, “The Association Between Community Water Fluoridation and Adult Tooth Loss,” American Journal of Public Health, in press.

Water fluoridation continues to be effective in reducing tooth decay by 20 – 40%, even now with the availability of fluoride from other sources, such as fluoride toothpaste.
--American Dental Association http://www.ada.org/fluoride

Clinical recommendations for the use of Topical Fluoride Varnish is in favor for children.


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