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Community Water Fluoridation: A Vital 21st Century Public Health Intervention

Tuesday, December 17, 2013, at 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Photo: Abstract image with a dental theme

For nearly 70 years, community water fluoridation has been used to prevent tooth decay and improve oral health. Community water fluoridation (CWF) is not only safe and effective, but also cost-saving – yielding approximately $38 savings in dental treatment costs for every $1 invested.

CDC has recognized water fluoridation as one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century. While there has been a notable increase during the early part of this century in the number of persons with access to CWF, CDC along with state and local health departments and other public health partners face ongoing challenges in promoting and expanding CWF.

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Dr. John Iskander and Dr. Barbara Gooch discuss community water fluoridation. Appropriate fluoride levels in the water supply has been shown to be:

  • Cost effective and cost saving – $38 savings for every $1 spent
  • Safe – no evidence of serious adverse effects
  • Beneficial – additional benefit of a 25% reduction in tooth decay from drinking fluoridated water

Presented By

Barbara Gooch, DMD, MPH
Associate Director for Science, Division of Oral Health
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, CDC
“Public Health Impact of Community Water Fluoridation”

Shelly Spöeth, BS
Senior Account Supervisor, Hager Sharp, Washington, D.C.
“Communications Challenges and Approaches”

Jayanth Kumar, DDS, MPH
Director, Bureau of Dental Health
New York State Department of Health
“Innovative Approaches to Advance Community Water Fluoridation in New York State”

CAPT Peter Briss, MD, MPH
Medical Director
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, CDC
“Fluoridation: A Population Health Priority”

Facilitated By

Tanja Popovic, MD, PhD, Scientific Director, Public Health Grand Rounds
John Iskander, MD, MPH, Deputy Scientific Director, Public Health Grand Rounds
Susan Laird, MSN, RN, Communications Manager, Public Health Grand Rounds>

  • Page last reviewed: December 18, 2013
  • Page last updated: December 18, 2013
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