Guidelines and Recommendations
HHS and EPA Announce New Scientific
Assessments and Actions on Fluoride: Agencies working together to maintain
benefits of preventing tooth decay while preventing excessive exposure
Community Water Fluoridation:
Questions and Answers
Recommendations for Using Fluoride to Prevent and Control Dental Caries
in the United States. MMWR, August 17, 2001;50
available as a
These CDC recommendations provide guidance to health care providers,
public health officials, policymakers, and the general public on how to
achieve maximum protection from tooth decay while minimizing any
cosmetic concerns by efficiently using fluoride products and dental care
Using Fluoride to Prevent and Control Dental Caries in the United States
This fact sheet lists the recommendations contained in this CDC
2001 report published in the MMWR Recommendations and Reports
Recommendations by the Task Force on Community Preventive Services
(The Guide to Community Preventive Services/The Community Guide)
A systematic review of published studies conducted by a team of
experts on behalf of the independent, nonfederal Task Force found that
community water fluoridation was effective in reducing tooth decay among
populations. On the basis of strong evidence of effectiveness, the Task
Force recommends that community water fluoridation be included as part
of a comprehensive strategy to prevent or control tooth decay in
communities. Two publications provide information on the process,
findings, and recommendations of the Task Force’s review.
- Full Report: Truman, BI, Gooch BF, Evans, Jr. CA (Guest Editors).
Interventions to Prevent Dental Caries, Oral and Pharyngeal Cancers, and
Sports-Related Craniofacial Injuries. American Journal of Preventive
Medicine 2002; 23 (1 Sup.), July 2002: 1–82. See
www.thecommunityguide.org/oral* for links to individual articles. This
Web site includes fact sheets of key findings, the evidence tables,
listings of studies used to determine effectiveness of community water
fluoridation and on the studies reviewed, but not used, and a PowerPoint
presentation on the Oral Health review.
- Summary Report:
Promoting Oral Health: Interventions for Preventing Dental Caries,
Oral and Pharyngeal Cancers, and Sports-related Craniofacial Injuries:
A Report on the Recommendations of the Task Force on Community
Preventive Services. MMWR, November 30, 2001;50(RR21);1–13.
Engineering and Administrative Recommendations for Water Fluoridation,
1995. MMWR, September 29, 1995;44(RR–13):1–40
This article provides specific recommendations on the engineering
aspects of water fluoridation, including administration, monitoring and
surveillance, technical requirements, and safety procedures for
community public water supply systems.
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Date last reviewed: January 18, 2011
Date last updated: January 18, 2011
Division of Oral Health,
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and