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Position of the American Dental association

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For over five decades, the American Dental Association has continuously endorsed the fluoridation of community water supplies and the use of fluoride-containing products as safe and effective measures for preventing tooth decay. Fluoride and Fluoridation contains resources that provide important facts and answer a myriad of questions. New information and resources will be added to this area as they become available.

In the following sections, you will find the latest information about fluoride and fluoridation.

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ADA's Fluoridation Facts

Fluoridation Facts contains answers to frequently asked questions regarding community water fluoridation, in addition to offering a Compendium of "National and International Organizations That Recognize the Public Health Benefits of Community Water Fluoridation for Preventing Dental Decay."

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ADA News

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The Journal of the American Dental Association 

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Emerging Issues 
(Updated 11/30/05)

Items in this section address emerging issues related to community water fluoridation.

  • Water Fluoridation and Bone Cancer
    •  ADA Statement on Water Fluoridation and Bone Cancer  (Posted 07/22/05) 
    • ADA Letter to Benjamin Grumble, Environmental Protection Agency |
      PDF file/77k  (Posted 09/30/05) 
    • Benjamin Grumbles, EPA, Response to Letter from ADA | PDF file/66k
      (Posted 11/30/05)
    • EPA Issues Letter Addressing Harvard Doctoral Thesis on Fluoridation and Bone Cancer Risk | PDF file/65k  (Posted 09/29/05)
      The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a letter concerning a Harvard Doctoral Thesis on water fluoridation and bone cancer risk. According to the EPA, "It is noteworthy that Dr. Bassin's thesis has never been published or subjected to peer review. According to the Agency's Information Quality Guidelines, scientific information must undergo independent peer review before being considered for Agency decision making."
  • Talking Points: Water Fluoridation and Alleged Risk of Rare Bone
    Cancer | PDF file/34k  (Posted 07/25/05) 
  • Talking Points: Talking With Your Patients About Community Water
    Fluoridation | PDF file/33k  (Posted 08/26/05) 

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National Fluoridation Symposium

National Fluoridation SymposiumOn January 25, 1945 at 4pm, Grand Rapids, Michigan became a pioneer in public health when it became the first city in the world to fluoridate its drinking water to levels optimal for preventing tooth decay.

As part of the 60th anniversary celebration of community water fluoridation, the ADA, in conjunction with the CDC, hosted a national fluoridation symposium in Chicago from July 13-16, 2005. For more information on this symposium e-mail fluoridationsymposium@ada.org.

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Additional Resources

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ADA Foundation 

Paffenbarger Research Center (PRC)