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Atlanta, GA 30341

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Community water fluoridation prevents tooth decay safely and effectively.  CDC identifies it as one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century.

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CDC Report on Community Water Fluoridation Progress
Community water fluoridation reaches a new high in the U.S. A new CDC report documents key information for public health officials and policymakers working to improve oral health and meet public health objectives.

Building Capacity to Fluoridate (MSWord icon Word 1.2Mb)
This literature review was prepared as part of a qualitative research study about community referendums on community water fluoridation. This review provides history and background information for factors that may influence community decisions to adopt or reject fluoridation.

Surgeon General Support for Fluoridated Water
The last five Surgeons General have issued statements endorsing water fluoridation.

Nature's Way to Prevent Tooth Decay (PDF icon PDF–117K ) (Spanish version  PDF icon PDF–492K)
CDC and the American Dental Association have partnered to provide this easy-to-read brochure that explains the benefits of community water fluoridation.

National Research Council (NRC)
The NRC’s report, Fluoride in Drinking Water: A Scientific Review of EPA’s Standard, provides the findings and recommendations of its review of EPA’s current maximum contaminant level goal for fluoride in drinking water.

Water Fluoridation and Osteosarcoma
A May 2006 study published in Cancer Causes and Control by Bassin et al. suggests an association between drinking fluoridated water and osteosarcoma in adolescent males. After reviewing the best available science, CDC continues to strongly support community water fluoridation

My Water's Fluoride
This component of the CDC Web site allows consumers in participating states to find basic information about their water system, including the number of people served by the system and the target fluoridation level.

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Page last reviewed: November 3, 2008
Page last updated: May 15, 2008
Content source: Division of Oral Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

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