The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention consider water fluoridation to be one of the top 10 public health achievements in the 20th century, keeping teeth strong and reducing tooth decay by approximately 25% in children and adults.
However, you have may have seen that JAMA Pediatrics just published a study that hints at an apparent association between fluoride during pregnancy and IQ. The authors of the study note its various limitations and the fact that additional research should be conducted.
The ADA has provided a statement on the study that reiterates support of fluoridation while welcoming additional research on this topic. ADA spokesperson Dr. Brittany Seymour has been quoted in several media outlets, sharing excellent insight on the study and community water fluoridation.
Here are a few resources on this topic that will be helpful should you receive inquiries from your patients:
- ADA statement on the JAMA study
- Fluoridation toolkit
- A Mom’s Guide to Fluoride