For 65 years, community water fluoridation has been a safe and
healthy way to effectively prevent tooth decay. CDC has recognized
water fluoridation as
of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century.
Learn more detailed information on the following topics:
FLUID Fluoridation Policy Tool
This Fluoride Legislative User
Information Database aids policy makers and public health law
practitioners researching and comparing their current or proposed policies
with others across the country to make informed decisions based on legal
Changes Proposed to National Fluoridation Level
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has proposed
an adjustment to the recommendation for the optimal fluoride level in
drinking water to prevent tooth decay.
Learn more about the proposed changes on
Water Fluoridation: Questions and Answers.
See the HHS press release.
See the Federal Register
Lack of Association Between
Daily Temperature and Children's Water Intake in the United States
The objective of this report is to describe the effect of maximum daily
temperature on total water intake among children aged 1 to 10 years during
Prevalence and Severity of Dental Fluorosis in the United States
A National Center for Health Statistics data brief on dental fluorosis in
2010 Water Fluoridation Statistics
Every two years, CDC releases statistics on the percentage of the U.S.
population that receives fluoridated drinking water. The most recent CDC
statistics show that in 2010, 73.9%—204.3 million Americans—on community
water systems received fluoridated water. This is an increase of nearly 9
million people since 2008.
CDC Honors 65 Years of Community Water
Community water fluoridation has been a safe and effective intervention for
reducing tooth decay for 65 years. CDC’s Division of Oral Health honors its
history and contribution to public health.
Building Capacity to Fluoridate (
This literature review was
prepared as part of a
qualitative research study
community referendums on
community water fluoridation. This review provides history and background
information for factors that may
influence community decisions to adopt or reject fluoridation.
Surgeon General Support for Fluoridated
The last five Surgeons General have issued statements endorsing water
National Research Council (NRC)
The NRC’s report, Fluoride in Drinking Water: A Scientific Review of
EPA’s Standard, provides the findings and recommendations of its review
of EPA’s current maximum contaminant level goal for fluoride in drinking
My Water's Fluoride
This component of the CDC Web site allows consumers in participating states
to find basic information about their water system, including the number of
people served by the system and the target fluoridation level.
One or more documents on this Web page are available in
Microsoft® Word Format (DOC). You will need
Word Viewer to view and print these documents.
Page last reviewed: October 31, 2012
Page last updated: October 31, 2012
Division of Oral Health,
National Center for
Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion