Water fluoridation – Oral Health Watch

Improving community health

Celebrated as one of the Top 10 public health achievements of the 20th Century by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, water fluoridation has helped reduce cavities and improved the oral health of generations of Americans. The simple act of drinking a glass of refreshing tap water protects teeth by strengthening tooth enamel.

Water fluoridation benefits all people, regardless of age, socioeconomic level or whether a person has dental coverage or not. But it is especially beneficial for people who face barriers to accessing routine oral health care and timely dental treatments, including lower-income households, BIPOC communities, rural areas and uninsured individuals. It is why leading health organizations like the American Dental Association, American Dental Hygienists Association, American Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Public Health Association and scores more support water fluoridation. It also is why health equity advocates, local governments, public health officials, community leaders and social justice champions support this valuable health measure.

Oral Health Watch supports community water fluoridation and other proven-effective public health measures that help prevent disease and needless suffering because prevention is always preferable to treating illness. Click here to tell legislators that you support community water fluoridation.

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