Community Water Fluoridation

ADA Fluoride Slogan

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM).  This is a month-long observance to promote the benefits of good oral health to children, their caregivers, teachers and anyone caring for children. The American Dental Association (ADA) has dedicated this month to community water fluoridation.  The year 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of community water fluoridation. In honor of the program, the ADA created the slogan “Fluoride in water prevents cavities! Get it from the tap!”

From the ADA: “In 1945, Grand Rapids, Michigan, became the first city in the world to fluoridate its drinking water. The ADA remains committed to fluoridation of public water supplies as the single most effective public health measure to help prevent tooth decay. More than 70 years of scientific research has consistently shown that an optimal level of fluoride in community water is safe and effective and prevents tooth decay by at least 25% in both children and adults. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention named community water fluoridation one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century.”


Dr. Anne Hertzberg
Pediatric Dentist, Needham office

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