Date: August 19, 2017

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This page was reviewed or revised on Monday, February 13, 2017 3:34 PM

Dental caries (cavities) is a common chronic disease. In fact, it is the most common chronic disease among children; five times more common than asthma[1]. For this reason, community water fluoridation is noted by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as one of their top 10 greatest public health achievements of the twentieth century.

Lambton Public Health believes that:

  • Community water fluoridation is a safe, effective, and proven public health intervention with minimal known side effects.
  • Community water fluoridation is the most cost-effective way to provide equitable dental care to an entire population.
  • “The benefits of fluoridation outweigh its potential negative effects on health and the environment and that such benefits justify impinging on the freedom of choice of people who do not wish to have their water fluoridated.”[2]

Water fluoridation is endorsed by over 90 international organizations including: the World Health Organization, Public Health Agency of Canada, Ontario Dental Association, and the Ontario Medical Association.

Frequently Asked Questions: Community Water Fluoridation & Dental Health


Links to more information:

[1] Oral Health in America: A Report of the Surgeon General
Rockville, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, National Institutes of Health, 2000.

[2] Comité d’éthique de santé publique. Opinion on a project to fluoridate drinking water. March, 2012