70 years - American Public Health Association

70 years - American Public Health Association
APHA celebrates
70 YEARS
of community
water fluoridation!
We are longtime proud supporters of community
water fluoridation as a safe, effective and
cost-saving means of preventing tooth decay.
Recognized by the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention as one of 10 great public health
achievements of the 20th century, community
water fluoridation is a true public health success
that benefits all segments of the community.
Celebrate this milestone on
Monday, Nov. 2, 12:30-2 p.m. at session 3276.0
Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Prairie A
Fluoridation: A 70-Year Success Story
Moderated by APHA Past President
Myron Allukian Jr., DDS, MPH
Community water fluoridation,
protecting the public’s health since 1945
What is community water fluoridation? Fluoride is
found naturally in all water sources and is the 13th most
abundant element in the Earth's crust. Water fluoridation
is the adjustment of this naturally occurring element to
the optimal level for the prevention of tooth decay.
FACT: Community water fluoridation is the foundation
for better dental health — it's nature's way of preventing
tooth decay.
FACT: Community water fluoridation is one of the most
researched public health measures in history and is
recognized for its public health benefits of preventing
tooth decay by more than 100 credible national and
international organizations, including the American
Academy of Pediatrics, American Cancer Society,
American Dental Association, American Medical
Association, American Nurses Association, American
School Health Association, APHA and World Health
Organization.
FACT: Community water fluoridation was named one of
10 great public health achievements of the 20th century
by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
FACT: Community water fluoridation has been supported
by every U.S. surgeon general since 1951 as a safe and
effective public health measure.
For reliable information about water fluoridation, go to:
www.ada.org/fluoridationfacts
www.apha.org/fluoridation
www.cdc.gov/fluoridation
www.healthychildren.org
www.ilikemyteeth.org
www.nidcr.nih.gov/OralHealth/Topics/Fluoride/
www.publichealthreports.org/issueopen.cfm?articleID=3359
FACT: Community water fluoridation is socially equitable.
Everyone — regardless of age, ethnicity, education,
socio-economic status or access to dental care —
benefits, simply by drinking tap water.
FACT: About 210 million people, or nearly 75 percent of
the U.S. population served by public water supplies, are
drinking fluoridated water, therefore preventing tooth
decay, according to CDC.
FACT: No court of last resort has ever rendered an opinion
against fluoridation. The U.S. Supreme Court has denied
review of fluoridation cases 13 times, citing that no
substantial federal or constitutional questions were
involved.
FACT: Since 1950, APHA has strongly endorsed the
fluoridation of all community water systems as a safe
and effective public health measure for the prevention
of tooth decay, approving 20 resolutions or policy
statements over the past 65 years. See APHA Policy
#20087: Community Water Fluoridation in the United
States.
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