Health Professionals

A wide variety of health professionals, both nationally and statewide, recommend community water fluoridation.  View our supporters. If you are new to the topic, learn the community water fluoridation basics. If you have prior knowledge, patients are relying on you to share the oral health benefits of community water fluoridation. Here are some resources to get your conversation started.

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Talking Water Fluoridation

Myths & Facts


There is a lot of information about community water fluoridation available on the internet. Not all available information is accurate and it can be time consuming to sift through everything. This document from ilikemyteeth.org outlines the facts of community water fluoridation and answers the most frequently asked questions.

Say This, Not That


When talking with patients it is important to use plain language and avoid clinical terms. This document from ilikemyteeth.org offers tips for how to most effectively talk about community water fluoridation with patients.

Research

American Dental Association’s Fluoridation Facts


The American Dental Association’s Fluoridation Facts is a resource for you as a provider. Fluoridation Facts provides detailed answers to frequently asked questions about community water fluoridation, including topics of effectiveness, safety, practice and cost-effectiveness. Fluoridation Facts is based on generally accepted, peer-reviewed, scientific information and includes more than 350 scientific references.

2010 - Burden of Oral Disease in Wisconsin


The Wisconsin Department of Health Services’ Burden of Oral Disease in Wisconsin demonstrates the oral disease burden among Wisconsin residents, including maps showing the Wisconsin population with access to optimally fluoridated water.

Fluoride Safety Guide


Fluoride is a safe and effective way to prevent dental decay and strengthen teeth. This guide from ilikemyteeth.org is a tool for health professionals to assist in answering patient’s questions about fluoride. The guide contains concise explanations of the regulation and safety of fluoride additives, and fluoridated water.

Fluoride Science


Fluoride Science is a website that provides practitioners, policy-makers and decision makers with a balanced review of fluoride studies. The site provides resources such as topic summaries and critical appraisals of studies. The Center for Fluoride Research Analysis conducts a review of the quality of research publications and other reports by using predefined criteria to examine the study relevance and validity, strengths and weaknesses, level of rigor, and support from other studies. Visit this website for objective and transparent review of fluoride studies.

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Not All Studies Carry Equal Weight


When making decisions about your patients’ health it is important to use evidence-based information and sound research. This article from the Pew Center on the States outlines the key elements in reviewing research on fluoridation.
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State of Science: Community Water Fluoridation


According to a Water Research Foundation report released October 16, 2015, “drinking optimally fluoridated water is a good way to decrease the risk of tooth decay.” The report describes the history and science of community water fluoridation and examines the current practices of community water fluoridation in the United States.

U.S Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Optimal Fluoride Level Recommendation


The U.S. Public Health Service provides recommendations for the optimal fluoride levels in community water systems to effectively reduce tooth decay. This recommendation was updated in 2015. View this press release to learn more.


Patient Resources

Common Questions About Fluoride: A Resource for Parents and Caregivers


Fluoride is safe and provides protection against cavities. This handout from ilikemyteeth.org explains the importance and safety of fluoride in an easy to follow question and answer format.

Fluorosis Facts: A Resource for Parents and Caregivers


Dental fluorosis, a change in the appearance of the tooth’s enamel, is most often a mild form that does not affect the function of the tooth or cause pain. Use this handout from ilikemyteeth.org to explain dental fluorosis and give caregivers guidance on preventive oral health care.

How Fluoride Works


Community water fluoridation works to build a foundation for strong, healthy teeth. Use this Centers for Disease Control and Prevention infographic to educate patients on the process of how fluoridation prevents cavities.

Is Fluoride Toothpaste Enough?


Even today, with other sources of fluoride available, community water fluoridation reduces cavities. Share this ilikemyteeth.org fact sheet that explains why fluoridated water is still necessary, despite the widespread use of fluoride toothpaste.

My Water’s Fluoride


How much fluoride is in your patient’s community water system? My Water’s Fluoride is a website that tracks fluoride levels in community water systems. Visit this website to obtain the level of fluoride in drinking water to assist in caries risk assessment for your patients and to determine the need for potential dietary fluoride supplementation. Encourage your patients to visit this website to learn more about their water.
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Smile Because You Can


For 70 years, people in the United States have enjoyed the benefits of drinking fluoridated water. Display this poster from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to educate patients on the safety and benefits of drinking water with fluoride.
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The Most Cost-Effective Way to Prevent Tooth Decay


Fluoride strengthens teeth. This infographic from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry contains community water fluoridation statistics and interesting facts about fluoride in various water sources. Share this infographic with parents to explain that the best way to prevent cavities is to ensure children receive fluoride from both toothpaste and water.