Skip directly to search Skip directly to A to Z list Skip directly to navigation Skip directly to page options Skip directly to site content

Community Water Fluoridation

For 65 years, community water fluoridation has been a safe and healthy way to effectively prevent tooth decay. CDC has recognized water fluoridation as one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century.


Fluoridation Fundamentals

Overview of Fluoridation Basics
Beginnings, Benefits, Fluoridation Today

Benefits of Community Water Fluoridation
Reports, Journal Articles

Community Water Fluoridation Topics

The proper amount of fluoride from infancy through old age helps prevent and control tooth decay. Community water fluoridation is a widely accepted practice for preventing and controlling tooth decay by adjusting the concentration of fluoride in the public water supply.

Data & Statistics
Reviews of scientific literature are an important resource to judge the safety of community water fluoridation.

Engineering & Operations
Nearly all naturally occurring water sources contain fluoride—a mineral that has been proven to prevent, and even reverse, tooth decay.

Guidelines & Policy

Guidelines & Recommendations

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 information.