Iowa Public Health Association

Community Water Fluoridation

Community water fluoridation has been a safe and healthy way to effectively prevent tooth decay and promote oral health for over 65 years.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recognized community water fluoridation as one of the ten great public health achievements of the 20th century.


Community water fluoridation provides protection and improves the oral health of the entire community. Optimally fluoridated water:

  • Protects teeth, prevents and reduces severity of decay,
  • Benefits people of all ages, cultural backgrounds, and income groups, and
  • Saves money for families and tax payers.                                              

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Evidence to Support Water Fluoridation


"Evidence continues to reaffirm that community water fluoridation is effective, safe, inexpensive, and is associated with significant cost savings." - The Institute of Medicine


What Leading Health and Medical Organizations Say About Community Water Fluoridation

  • Local Board of Health support for fluoridation of community water supplies as a safe and effective method to prevent tooth decay (cavities)
  • Statements from Health and Medical Organizations


Fluoride Legislative User Information Database (FLUID)

  • Online database of past and current laws pertaining to water fluoridation in all 50 states

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