The Texas Oral Health Coalition unequivocally supports community water fluoridation in the fight against dental decay for adults and children living in the state of Texas. Community water fluoridation is the adjustment of the existing fluoride levels in the public drinking water systems to a level that reduces tooth decay. Scientific evidence compiled over more than six decades demonstrates that fluoridation is a safe, cost-effective, and equitable intervention that benefits everyone in a given community regardless of age, race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status. The tremendous success of fluoridation led the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to declare it one of the ten greatest public health achievements of the 20th century.
Dental disease continues to have a profound impact on the health of children and adults living in Texas, with a greater impact to those who are at greater risk for disease. Tooth decay is the most common childhood disease and is 5 times more common than asthma. Studies demonstrate that children lose over 51 million hours of school per year, and adults lose more than 1.5 million work hours annually due to dental disease. Community water fluoridation has been shown to reduce dental decay by between 18-40%.
Water fluoridation is endorsed by the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Environmental Protection Agency, the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Public Health Association, the American Dental Association, the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, and the five most recent U.S. Surgeons General. In addition, more than 100 national and international organizations have recognized the public health benefits of community water fluoridation. The scientific evidence over the past 71 years demonstrates that community water fluoridation is a safe, cost-effective, and equitable approach to prevent tooth decay.
Fluoridation Status in Texas
73% of the total population drink adjusted or naturally fluoridated water
For activities TxOHC is taking on fluoride read our January 2017 Fluoride Alert here.
Community Water Fluoridation Resources
ILikeMyTeeth - Community Water Fluoridation Campaign as part of The Campaign for Dental Health Fluoride for Texas - TxOHC's Community Water Fluoridation Website Fluoride in Water from the American Dental Association (ADA) Community Water Fluoridation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) American Fluoridation Society, a nationwide group anxious to see all residents of the United States served by community water systems enjoy the benefits of community water fluoridation (CWF). Fluoride Legislative User Information Database(FLUID)
The Fluoride Legislative User Information Database or "FLUID" is a comprehensive database containing historical information on legal cases decided by U.S. courts and current information on federal and state policies regarding community water fluoridation. Local policies that affect significant U.S. population bases are being added over time.
The FLUID Database’s Impact
Informing Discussions and Deliberations About Community Water Fluoridation
- Other CDC Water Fluoridation Education Materials
"FAQ on Fluoridation" from the PEW Foundation.
- Pew "Myths and Facts" --Talking points for advocates.
- PEW Fluoride Infographic 2013
- NSF Fact sheet
- The American Dental Association's (ADA) "Fluoridation Facts"
DQF Community Toolkit
- "Q & A: Infants & Fluoridated Water"
- Fluoride Tools for Health Professionals and Parents Now Available from The Campaign for Dental Health (CDH).
- "How Fluoride Works" from ILikeMyTeeth.org
How Fluoride Works Poster
US Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy's statement on Community Water Fluoridation
Articles on Fluoridation
- Separating Fact from Fiction on Water Fluoridation
The Network for Public Health Law Issue Brief on Community Water Fluoridation (CWF)
HRB Publication Health Effects of Water Fluoridation
The Extent of Water Fluoridation
- Community Water Fluoridation: The Top 10 and Bottom 10 States
- Anti-Fluoride Activists Are Not Credible
- Surgeons General: Strong, Consistent Support For Community Water Fluoridation
- Savings from Water Fluoridation: What the Evidence Shows
- May 2000 Water Fluoridation Savings in Texas
2012 Water Fluoridation Statistics- CDC
- American Public Health Association (APHA) Community Water Fluoridation
- "In their Own Words" provides a snapshot of what respected organizations say about water fluoridation.
- Arguments Against Water Fluoridation are Just Folklore
Fluoride and IQ Scores - What the Research Shows
- Is fluoride a risk factor for bone cancer? Small area analysis of osteosarcoma and Ewing sarcoma diagnosed among 0-49-year-olds in Great Britain, 1980-2005.
- A Natural History of Fluoride by Deborah Blum
- Too Much Bottled Water Might Harm Kids' Teeth
"As Americans rely less on tap water, lack of fluoride could be a concern, experts say", by Alan Mozes, Health Day Reporter
Waverley and Patea, Town Water Supply Fluoride
Submission to the South Taranaki District Council
“Is there something in the water?”
If you are looking for talking points about Community Water Fluoridation please contact, Beth Stewart.