Community Water Fluoridation
“Fluoridation is the single most important commitment that a community can make to the oral health of its citizens.“
-Former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. C. Everett Koop
The Massachusetts Coalition for Oral Health strongly supports and recommends community water fluoridation . . .
- Fluoridation is the most cost effective measure for preventing tooth decay, a disease that affects 98% of the U.S. population.
- Fluoridation is a safe, economical and practical preventive measure that benefits people of all ages and incomes.
- 195 million Americans now receive the health and economic benefits of fluoridation, an ideal community prevention measure for over 65 years.
- More than 100 reputable national and international health organizations, including the American Medical Association, the National Cancer Institute, and the World Health Organization, recognize the benefits of fluoridation.
To find out whether the water in your community is optimally fluoridated, go to: My Water’s Fluoride, Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
White Paper on School-Based Oral Health Programs
Our White Paper on School-Based Oral Health Programs, Reaching New Heights in Health with School-Based Oral Health Programs, was printed and distributed to Massachusetts school health providers by the MA Office of Oral Health, an MCOH member.
Coalition members are hopeful that this White Paper will be useful in providing school nurses, other school health providers, school educators, as well as dental and non-dental health providers with the information needed to better understand effective strategies for preventing tooth decay, school-based oral health program models, and new regulations that govern dental professionals and dental programs providing oral health services in Massachusetts schools.
MCOH and the Office of Oral Health promote school-based prevention (dental sealant and fluoride) programs for students at high-risk for dental disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that if 50 percent of children at high risk participated in school sealant programs, over half of their tooth decay would be prevented and money would be saved on their treatment costs. School-based sealant programs reduce oral health disparities in children.
For more information about school-based oral health programs or for additional copies of this resource, please contact the Office of Oral Health at Oral.Health@state.ma.us.