It started as an observation that soon took the shape of an idea. It ended, five decades later, as a scientific revolution that shot dentistry into the forefront of preventive medicine. This is fluoride, a mineral found in rocks and soil, prevents tooth decay. Although dental caries remains a public health worry, it is no longer the unbridled problem it once was.
- U.S. Public Health Service Statement on Water Fluoridation
This statement outlines the efficacy, cost-effectiveness, and equity of water fluoridation.
- Fluoridated Water: Questions and Answers
A National Cancer Institute fact sheet about the benefits and safety of water fluoridation.
- The Story of Fluoridation
This is the story of how dental science discovered-and ultimately proved to the world-that fluoride, a mineral found in rocks and soil, prevents tooth decay.