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Fluoridation resource offered as free member benefit

November 13, 2019

By David Burger

 ADA Fluoridation Facts book

The ADA-published reference “Fluoridation Facts” is now available digitally at no cost for member dentists.

The release stems from a 2019 House of Delegates action that approved the release, which presents the latest scientific research about community water fluoridation and talking points when encountering opposition to the program. Brought forward to the House of Delegates from the 1st Trustee’s district, Resolution 83H-2019 called for the 114-page publication to be free for members.

According to the request made by the 1st Trustee district, “The American Dental Association positions itself as the leader in oral health and community water fluoridation is a key element in the prevention of oral disease. Further, knowledge of community water fluoridation can be invaluable in educating the public in the advancement of oral health. For these reasons, we propose making ‘Fluoridation Facts’ available at no cost."

The digital copy of “Fluoridation Facts” is posted on the Public Program pages of ADA.org.

Dr. Leon Stanislav, ADA National Fluoridation Advisory Committee chair, said there was a need for the free release.

“Long before the final revised edition of ‘Fluoridation Facts’ was completed by the ADA National Fluoridation Advisory Committee for release by the ADA, the demand for it was more than apparent by many requests for this latest version from across the country, if not the globe,” said Dr. Stanislav. “Then when it was published, there were complaints about the cost associated with procuring it. While it should be understood that nothing is really free, many members were disappointed that it was not freely accessible, at least online. As chairman of the committee, I agreed that it would be nice to have this information more accessible to those who need such a valuable tool in the effort to promote water fluoridation.  We on the committee worked very hard on this revision for the benefit of all. The members of the committee meant for it to be used as much as possible and as a member benefit.”

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Dr. Stanislav
For those who would prefer to order the book — not in a digital format but as a spiral-bound booklet — the ADA eCatalog is offering the publication at a member rate. The booklet can be ordered by visiting ebusiness.ada.org and searching for the name of the book. Use promo code 19142 by Jan. 24 to save 15% on all ADA Catalog products.   

With answers to frequently asked questions, the publication shares the scientific evidence about community water fluoridation that it’s not only safe, but also good for preventing tooth decay and cavities. First published in 1956, this book includes the newest research on the topic meant to be helpful in keeping policymakers and the general public in the know. An executive summary gives brief, essential talking points in the book, which features a Q&A format throughout.

It is also backed up with references to nearly 400 research articles — including 10 new studies in this updated version.

“Fluoridation Facts” joins a number of free ADA resources on community water fluoridation, which the ADA has supported since 1950, according to the pulbication. Other resources are located online at ADA.org/fluoride.

The year 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of community water fluoridation. On Jan. 25, 1945, Grand Rapids, Michigan, became the first community in the United States to fluoridate its drinking water to prevent tooth decay.

National Children’s Dental Health Month, in February, will celebrate fluoridation’s anniversary. This year's NCDHM campaign slogan is "Fluoride in water prevents cavities! Get it from the tap!” Free downloadable posters about the observance are available at ADA.org/en/public-programs/national-childrens-dental-health-month.