Community Water Fluoridation and Your Town
Fluoridated water is one of the most efficient and effective ways to
deliver fluoride. In fact, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believe
that fluoridating community water is one of the 10 greatest public
health achievements of the 20th century. More than 65 leading health
organizations, including the American Dental Association (ADA), Massachusetts Dental Society, American Academy of Pediatric
Dentistry, American Medical Association, World Health Organization, and
American Cancer Society, advocate for community water fluoridation on the
basis of the scientific evidence that continues to support its safety
The benefits of community water fluoridation are not to be overlooked. In fact, research shows that water fluoridation continues to be effective in reducing tooth decay by about 20 to 40 percent, according to the ADA. Approximately 72.4 percent of the U.S. population served by public water systems receives the benefit of optimally fluoridated water.
Cities and towns that have community fluoridated water adjust the level of existing, naturally occurring fluoride in their public drinking water to an optimal level for oral health. This level is set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Is your city or town fluoridated?