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Community Water Fluoridation

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This collection of selected resources offers high-quality information about fluoridated community water. Use the tools below for further searching, or contact us for personalized assistance.

Key Facts

Did you know? Community water fluoridation is the best method for delivering fluoride to all members of the community regardless of age, educational attainment, income level, or access to routine oral care.

OHRC Publications

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American Academy of Pediatrics, Campaign for Dental Health. 2015. Fluoridation toolkit: A resource for health advocates. Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics, Campaign for Dental Health, multiple items

American Academy of Pediatrics, Campaign for Dental Health
141 Northwest Point Boulevard
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007-1098

Telephone: (847) 434-4000
Fax: (847) 434-8000
E-mail: fluoride@aap.org
Website: http://www.ilikemyteeth.org
Available from the website.

This toolkit for advocates provides resources for educating communities about community water fluoridation. Contents include sample blog posts, a memo for newspaper editors, letters to the editor, tips for talking to reporters, remarks to help parents and health professionals talk to city council or local board members, a resolution observing community water fluoridation's 70th anniversary, and social media messages. A user's guide is included.


American Dental Association. 2016. Why fluoride in your tap water is a good thing. Chicago, IL: American Dental Association, 1 video (2 min, 59 sec)

American Dental Association
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611-2678

Telephone: (312) 440-2500
Fax: (312) 440-7494
E-mail: info@ada.org
Website: http://www.ada.org
Available from the website.

This video explains why adding fluoride to community water systems is safe and effective in preventing tooth decay. The video features commentary from oral health professionals and pediatric health professionals about the value of community water fluoridation for children and adults.


Children's Dental Health Project. 2015. Fluoridation advocacy: Pew's contributions and lessons that emerge. Washington, DC: Children's Dental Health Project, 27 pp

Children's Dental Health Project
1020 19th Street, N.W., Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036

Telephone: (202) 833-8288
Fax: (202) 331-1432
E-mail: info@cdhp.org
Website: https://www.cdhp.org
Available from the website.

This report summarizes the Pew Charitable Trusts' efforts to support and strengthen advocacy for community water fluoridation. The report examines the impact that Pew's work has had on advancing community water fluoridation and lessons that have emerged from Pew's experiences. Examples from Pew-assisted state campaigns' efforts to initiate water fluoridation or reaffirm its value are included.


DentaQuest Foundation. 2016. Community toolkit: Preserving and implementing water fluoridation in your community. Boston, MA: DentaQuest Foundation, multiple items

DentaQuest Foundation
465 Medford Street
Boston, MA 02129-1454

Telephone: (617) 886-1700
Website: http://www.dentaquestfoundation.org
Available from the website.

This toolkit presents strategies for implementing community water fluoridation (CWF) or preventing a rollback attempt. Contents include information and resources for assessing community readiness, talking about CWF, finding community champions, talking to policymakers, and addressing opposition to CWF. Links to websites and other resources about fluoridation, sample messages, talking points, a focus group guide, a worksheet for identifying champions, and a sample organizational support letter are provided.


Network for Public Health Law. 2015. Water fluoridation: Issue brief. St. Paul, MN: Network for Public Health Law, 9 pp

Network for Public Health Law
875 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105

Telephone: (651) 695-7749
Fax: (651) 695-7749
Website: https://www.networkforphl.org
Available from the website.

This brief describes the water-fluoridation process, the public health impact of water fluoridation, and the legal framework governing water fluoridation. Topics include the complementary roles that federal, state, and local governments play in implementing water fluoridation.


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Selected Websites

American Academy of Pediatrics

American Dental Education Association

Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Community Preventive Services Task Force


National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness

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