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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.

OHRC Publications

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National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness. 2017. I like my teeth [oral health posters]. Elk Grove Village, IL: National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness, 8 items

National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness
American Academy of Pediatrics 345 Park Boulevard
Itasca, IL 60143

Telephone: (888) 227-5125
E-mail: health@ecetta.info
Website: https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/ncechw

These posters for consumers share simple, positive messages about brushing children’s teeth with fluoridated toothpaste, drinking fluoridated water, eating a healthy diet, and talking to the dentist or doctor about fluoride treatments for children. The posters are available in English and in Spanish.


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National Center on Health, Behaviorial Health, and Safety. 2012–. Brush up on oral health. Waltham,MA: National Center on Health, Behavioral Health, and Safety, monthly

Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center
Telephone: (866) 763-6481
E-mail: health@ecetta.info
Website: https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov
Available from the website.

This series of tip sheets provides Head Start staff with information on current practice, practical tips to promote good oral health, and recipes for healthy snacks. The January 2020 issue focuses on oral health for children with disabilities, the March 2015 issue focuses on children with autism spectrum disorder, the December 2015 issue focuses on helping parents find oral health care for children with disabilities, and the December 2012 issue focuses on helping children with a disability brush their teeth.

     


OHRC Library

This section contains recent materials, not including OHRC-produced materials.


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Alabama Department of Public Health, Oral Health Program. n.d.. Alabama water fluoridation: A community toolkit. Montgomery, AL: Alabama Department of Public Health, Oral Health Program, 19 pp

Alabama Department of Public Health, Oral Health Program
Family Health Services Bureau RSA Tower 201 Monroe Street, Suite 1350
Montgomery, AL 36104

Telephone: (334) 206-5675
Secondary Telephone: (334) 206-2950
Website: http://www.adph.org/oralhealth/Default.asp?id=1324
Available from the website.

This toolkit for advocates in Alabama provides information about the health benefits and costs saving of community water fluoridation (CWF) as well as about CWF media outreach. It describes what fluoride is and how it works; presents myths and facts about CWF; and offers information on fluoride in Alabama’s public drinking water, savings resulting from CWF, why CWF makes good business sense,and what respected organizations say about CWF. The Alabama Oral Health Office’s policy on CWF is included, and frequently asked questions are posed and answered.


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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
345 Park Boulevard
Itasca, IL 60143

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.


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Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors. 2016. Best practice approach: Community water fluoridation (upd. ed.). Reno, NV: Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors, 22 pp

Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors
3858 Cashill Boulevard
Reno, NV 89509

Telephone: (775) 626-5008
Fax: (775) 626-9268
E-mail: info@astdd.org
Website: http://www.astdd.org
Available from the website.

This report discusses community water fluoridation and provides guidelines and recommendations related to the topic, research evidence, best practice criteria, and state practice examples. A dental public health approach to community water fluoridation, activities of a community water fluoridation program, and the extent to which to community water fluoridation is used are discussed.


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Hoke K, Weyler S. 2020. Fluoridation 50-state survey: State laws and regulations addressing fluoridation in water. St. Paul, MN: Network for Public Health Law, 48 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 survey provides a summary of the statutes and regulations related to water fluoridation in each U.S. state and select jurisdictions. For each state, the names of the statute and regulation (where available) are included.


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Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Division of Public Health, Oral Health Program. 2019. Community water fluoridation. Madison, WI: Oral Health Program, Wisconsin Department of Health Services, 2 pp

Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Oral Health Program
Division of Public Health P.O. Box 2659
Madison, WI 53701-2659

Fax: (608) 266-3483
Website: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/oral-health/index.htm
Available from the website.

This fact sheet provides information about oral health in Wisconsin, with a focus on how community water fluoridation (CWF) can improve oral health status. The fact sheet includes an overview of the effects of tooth decay and information on how it affects children enrolled in Head Start, children in third grade, and older adults in the state. The impact of CWF on tooth decay is discussed. Strategies to promote oral health and CWF in Wisconsin are included.

     

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