We Know What Works, Why it Works, And How it Works.

The simple fact is that the benefits of fluoridated water have been shown to reduce dental decay by 25% over a person’s lifetime. This includes both adults and children.

Concerned about risks? There are no valid, peer-reviewed scientific evidence of any adverse health effects of optimally fluoridated water.

What is Fluoride?

Fluoride is a mineral that exists naturally in water supplies. Fluoride has been shown to reduce the rate of tooth decay when added to toothpaste or water.

How does Fluoride get in our Water?

As groundwater flows over rocks, it picks up fluoride ions which originate from those rocks. These fluoride ions are what is commonly referred to as being “naturally occurring” fluoride. The fluoride ions added during fluoridation are identical to these “naturally occurring” fluoride ions.

What is Water Fluoridation?

Water fluoridation is the simple adjustment of existing fluoride in water to a level that helps prevent dental decay. Local water systems typically choose from one of three forms of fluoride to engage in fluoridation, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides detailed information on these types of fluoride.

What are the Benefits and Risks of Fluoridated Water?

Benefits: The benefits of fluoridated water have been shown to reduce dental decay by 25% over a person’s lifetime. This includes both adults and children.

Risks: There are no valid, peer-reviewed scientific evidence of any adverse health effects of optimally fluoridated water.

Watch + Learn

Why is Fluoride Good for Teeth?

Fluoride in the Water Isn’t Going to Hurt You

Fluoridated Water – Tap Into It!

Facts You Need to Make a Healthy Choice

Why The Government Puts Fluoride In Our Water

Time to Brush: Tips for Parents of Young Children

The Story of Fluoridation

The U.S. National Institute of Health published an excellent article on the history of community water fluoridation

 

 

 

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Chemistry of Fluoridation

We frequently get asked about the chemical composition of fluoride as it appears in community water fluoridation. Here you will find some straightforward explanations about how fluoride ions interact with water.

Some Simple Chemistry

Ken Perrott, retired research scientist, explains in simple terms how fluoride interacts with water.

Explanation of Hydrolysis Reaction of Fluoridation Substances

Our own AFS authors explain the hydrolysis reaction process of adding fluorosilicic acid to water.

Community Water Fluoridation Reference Manual

Fluoridation is the single most important commitment a community can make to its children and to future generations.

-Dr C. Everette Koop, Surgeon General of the United States, 1981-1989

Benefits vs Claims of Antis

Dr. Johnny Johnson, Jr, DMD, MS, explores the benefits vs claims made by those opposed to water fluoridation.

Collection of Publications

We’ve collected a large number of scientific articles & publications confirming the safety, benefits, & cost-savings of community eater fluoridation.

CDC Reports

The Center for Disease Control frequently releases reports about fluoridation. Find 6 of our favorites below. Click the titles to read the full CDC reports.

Engineering Fact Sheet - Pipe Corrosion

The concern that using fluorosilicate additives to fluoridate drinking water causes water system pipes to corrode is not supported by science.

Engineering Fact Sheet - Water Additives

Community water systems in the United States use one of three additives for water fluoridation. Decisions on which additive to use are based on cost of product, product-handling requirements, space availability, and equipment.

2012 Fluoride Statistics

These statistics were prepared using water system data reported by states to the CDC Water Fluoridation Reporting System as of December 31, 2012, and the US Census Bureau state population estimates for 2012.

2014 Fluoride Statistics

These statistics were prepared using water system data reported by states to the CDC Water Fluoridation Reporting System as of December 31, 2014, and the U.S. Census Bureau state population estimates for July 2014.  Revised July 2016.

Infant Formula and Fluoridated Water

Breastfeeding is ideal for infants. If breastfeeding is not possible, formula can be used.

2015-16 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey

These manuals are part of the protocol for the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics.

Testimonials from prominent scientists

See what the recent US Surgeon Generals are saying about the benefits of fluoridation.

Fluoridation is the single most important commitment a community can make to its children and to future generations

Dr. C. Everette Koop

Surgeon General of the United States, 1981-1989

With the development of fluoridated drinking water and dental sealants, Americans are less likely to experience tooth loss and gingivitis by middle age … Community water fluoridation continues to be a vital, cost-effective method of preventing dental [cavities].

Dr. Regina Benjamin

Surgeon General of the United States, 2009-2013

Water fluoridation has helped improve the quality of life in the United States by reducing pain and suffering related to tooth decay, time lost from school and work, and money spent to restore, remove or replace decayed teeth.”

Dr. Richard Carmona

Surgeon General of the United States, 2002-2006

Statements from our Partners

Click the icons below to see statements about Fluoridation from organizations around the world.

Latest Research

We continuously add links to the latest research concerning fluoridation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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