WASHINGTON, April 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin today officially endorsed community water fluoridation as "one of the most effective choices communities can make to prevent health problems while actually improving the oral health of their citizens."
"Fluoridation's effectiveness in preventing tooth decay is not limited to children, but extends throughout life, resulting in fewer and less severe cavities," Dr. Benjamin said. "In fact, each generation born since the implementation of water fluoridation has enjoyed better dental health than the generation that preceded it."
Every surgeon general for the past 50 years has endorsed fluoridation of community water supplies as a safe and effective weapon in the war against tooth decay.
The American Dental Association has supported fluoridation since 1950.
"The ADA's policies regarding community water fluoridation are based on the best available science showing that fluoridation is a safe, effective way to prevent dental decay" said ADA President Dr. Robert A. Faiella. "The ADA, along with state and local dental societies, continues to work with federal, state and local agencies to increase the number of communities benefiting from this very effective public health measure."
"We applaud Dr. Benjamin for making this public endorsement of fluoridation," Dr. Faiella said.
Dr. Benjamin's letter to the National Oral Health Conference is available online at ADA.org.
About the American Dental Association
The not-for-profit ADA is the nation's largest dental association, representing 157,000 dentist members. The premier source of oral health information, the ADA has advocated for the public's health and promoted the art and science of dentistry since 1859. The ADA's state-of-the-art research facilities develop and test dental products and materials that have advanced the practice of dentistry and made the patient experience more positive. The ADA Seal of Acceptance long has been a valuable and respected guide to consumer dental care products. The monthly The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) is the ADA's flagship publication and the best-read scientific journal in dentistry. For more information about the ADA, visit www.ada.org. For more information on oral health, including prevention, care and treatment of dental disease, visit the ADA's consumer website www.MouthHealthy.org.
SOURCE American Dental Association