Community water fluoridation prevents tooth decay safely and
effectively. CDC identifies it as one of 10 great public health
achievements of the 20th century.
Learn more detailed information on the following topics:
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 (
This literature review was
prepared as part of a
qualitative research study
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
Nature's Way to Prevent Tooth Decay
) (Spanish version
CDC and the American Dental Association have partnered to provide this
easy-to-read brochure that explains the benefits of community water
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
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
Division of Oral Health,
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and