Fluoridation is the single most effective measure to prevent tooth decay. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has proclaimed that community water fluoridation is one of the 10 greatest health achievements of the 20th century.
Fluoridation is similar to fortifying foods and beverages. Water that has been fluoridated is similar to fortifying salt with iodine, milk with vitamin D, orange juice with calcium and bread with folic acid.
Protects all ages against cavities. Studies show that community water fluoridation prevents at least 25% of tooth decay in children and adults, even in an era with widespread availability of fluoride from other sources, such as fluoride toothpaste.
Saves money. The average lifetime cost per person to fluoridate a water supply is less than the cost of one dental filling. For most cities, every dollar invested in water fluoridation saves 38 dollars in treatment costs.
Availability of fluoride continues to grow. In the US, 73.9 percent of the population on public water systems receive fluoridated public water, or a total of 204 million people. This is an increase of about 9 percent since 2000.
Natural. Fluoride is already present in all water sources, even the oceans. Water fluoridation is simply the adjustment of fluoride that occurs naturally in water to a recommended level for preventing tooth decay.
Prevents dental disease. It is the most efficient way to prevent one of the most common childhood diseases – dental decay. An estimated 51 million school hours are lost each year due to dental-related illness.
Safe and effective. For more than 65 years, the best available scientific evidence consistently indicates that community water fluoridation is safe and effective.
Recognized by more than 100 organizations. The American Dental Association (ADA) as well as the U.S. Public Health Service, the American Medical Association, the World Health Organization and more than 125 national and international organizations recognize the public health benefits of water fluoridation.
Endorsed by the American Dental Association (ADA). One of the most widely respected sources for information regarding fluoridation and fluoride is the American Dental Association.