Surgeon general endorses fluoridation

U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, MD, has 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."

Benjamin made her public endorsement in a letter read at the opening ceremony at the National Oral Health Conference in Huntsville, Ala., held this week.

"Fluoridation's effectiveness in preventing tooth decay is not limited to children, but extends throughout life, resulting in fewer and less severe cavities," Benjamin wrote. "In fact, each generation born since the implementation of water fluoridation has enjoyed better dental health than the generation that preceded it."

CDA has a long history of supporting community water fluoridation and will continue its efforts to ensure more communities across California reach optimal levels of fluoride in their water supplies.

“We are very pleased with Dr. Benjamin’s public endorsement of fluoridation," said CDA President Lindsey Robinson, DDS. “And it is important that we remain committed to this great public health achievement so more Californians – especially our children – can receive its benefits.”

The Surgeon General’s letter to the National Oral Health Conference is available on the ADA website, or for more information, visit ada.org.

Topics: Oral Health