AGD Policy on Water Fluoridation
When used appropriately, fluoride is safe and effective in preventing and controlling dental caries. Regular use throughout life will help protect teeth against decay. All water supplies, including bottled water, should have appropriate fluoride levels. All fluoridated items, including toothpaste, should be used as recommended by your dentist;
The AGD support the use of public funds to assist local and state governments in seeing that their public water supplies are adequately fluoridated.
Common questions for dentist about Community Water Fluoridation:
1. Is public water fluoridation safe?
When used appropriately, fluoride is safe and effective in preventing and controlling dental decay. Additionally, regular use throughout life will help protect teeth against decay. All water supplies, including bottled water, should have appropriate fluoride levels.
2. Is fluoride safe for kids? Pregnant women?
Infants and children between the ages of 6 months and 16 years should receive fluoride. Primary teeth and permanent teeth develop during these formative years, and the addition of fluoride helps ensure children develop strong and healthy teeth while they grow. Because most children receive their first permanent teeth at around age 6, the CDC recommends prescribing fluoride supplements for children 6 to 16 years old who are at a high risk for cavities and whose community water source is less than optimal. In areas where there is minimal access to fluoridated water, fluoride supplementation may begin earlier.
Good oral health is essential during pregnancy. In fact, dental care during pregnancy is not only safe and effective, it’s essential for combating the adverse effects of oral disease. During pregnancy, you should continue brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and flossing once a day.
Read AGD's statement on a recent report on water fluoridation.