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70th Anniversary Fluoridation Celebration and Symposium

On January 25, 1945 at 4 pm, Grand Rapids, Michigan became a pioneer in public health when it became the first city in the world to fluoridate its drinking water to the recommended levels for preventing tooth decay. In commemoration of this historic event, the 70th Anniversary Fluoridation Celebration and Symposium was held at ADA Headquarters in Chicago on September 11 and 12, 2015. Ninety attendees from 28 states participated in the meeting.

The Symposium was collaboratively planned by the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Association of Public Health Dentistry, American Dental Association, Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Division of Oral Health.

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Thanks to our Sponsors (PDF)

Presentations from the 70th Anniversary Fluoridation Celebration and Symposium

Friday, September 11, 2015

Welcome and History of Fluoridation
Chase Klinesteker (PDF)

Science and Engineering
Julie Frantsve-Hawley (PDF)
Howard Pollick (PDF)
Kip Duchon (PDF)

Fluoridation and State Legislation 
Paul O’Connor (PDF)
Leon Stanislav (PDF)

The Cost of Fluoridation: Negotiating the Complexities in a Real World
William Maas (PDF)
Weldon Johnson/Edie Arey (PDF)
Jayanth Kumar (PDF)

Successful Strategies and Useful Resources for Positive Fluoridation Outcomes
Deborah Foote (PDF)
Emily Firman (PDF)
Allison Lesko (PDF)
Marjorie Stocks (PDF)
AAPHD Fluoridation Resources (PDF)
ADA Fluoridation Resources (PDF)
ASTDD Fluoridation Resources (PDF)

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Fluoridation Advocacy in the Digital Age
Myron Allukian (PDF)
Hollis Russinof (PDF)

Using SEO and Social Media to Meet our Fluoridation Communications Goals
Anthony Shop (PDF)

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