Skip to main content
Toggle Menu of ADA WebSites
ADA Websites
Partnerships and Commissions
Toggle Search Area
Toggle Menu
e-mail Print Share

Medical Testimonials about Fluoridation

Leaders in Healthcare Agree on Fluoridation

More than 100 leading organizations in medicine and healthcare recognize that fluoride in water is a safe and effective way to prevent cavities for all.

U.S. Surgeon General
“Community water fluoridation, which celebrates its 70th anniversary this year, has been so successful—leading to dramatic declines in both the prevalence and severity of tooth decay—that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified it as one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century. As Surgeon General, I encourage all Americans to make choices that enable them to prevent illness and promote well-being. Community water fluoridation is one of the most practical, cost-effective, equitable, and safe measures communities can take to prevent tooth decay and improve oral health.”

Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., M.B.A., 2015

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
“Fluoridation safely and inexpensively benefits both children and adults by effectively preventing tooth decay, regardless of socioeconomic status or access to care.”

CDC, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. “Ten Great Public Health Achievements – United States 1900-1999” April 1999.

American Medical Association
“The AMA recognizes the important public health benefits of drinking properly fluoridated water and encourages its member physicians and medical societies to work with local and state health departments, dental societies, and concerned citizens to assure the optimal fluoridation of community drinking water supplies.”

AMA Letter to the American Dental Association, March 10, 1995

American Academy of Pediatrics
“Water fluoridation is a community-based intervention that optimizes the level of fluoride in drinking water, resulting in preeruptive and posteruptive protection of the teeth. Water fluoridation is a cost-effective means of preventing dental caries, with the lifetime cost per person equaling less than the cost of 1 dental restoration. In short, fluoridated water is the cheapest and most effective way to deliver anticaries benefits to communities.”

AAP Policy Statement Preventive Oral Health Intervention for Pediatricians. Pediatrics 2008;122:1387-1394.

American Dental Association
“The American Dental Association endorses community water fluoridation as a safe, beneficial and cost-
effective public health measure for preventing dental caries (cavities). This support has been the Association’s policy since 1950.”

ADA Policies on Fluoride and Fluoridation