Adding fluoride to community water supplies reduces tooth decay — significantly. Even if you brush with fluoridated toothpaste, you'll get a lot more cavity protection with fluoridated water. Surprised?Find Out More
If tooth decay is so preventable, why is it the leading disease affecting our kids? The answer: roughly 16 million children go without a yearly visit to the dentist. Find out why.Find Out More
Good teeth make us smarter and more successful. It's true. Because when kids miss school due to toothaches or other dental problems, grades suffer — not to mention self-esteem. And when adults have missing teeth, employability suffers. These are the problems. Now, some solutions.Find Out More
U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, MD officially endorsed community water fluoridation on April 22, 2013 as “one of the most effective choices communities can make to prevent health problems while actually improving the oral health of their citizens.”
Pew’s report finds that most states are not doing enough to use sealants, which are plastic coatings that are brushed onto molars — the most cavity-prone teeth among children. Sealants prevent 60% of tooth decay at only one-third the cost of a filling. The use of sealants are endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.