Find out what the experts say about community water fluoridation statewide and nationally.


Massachusetts Public Health Association (MPHA)
“Fluoridated water is the first line of defense against tooth decay for Massachusetts. It is proven that when a community stops or never starts fluoridating, local residents spend more money on decay-related dental problems.”
MPHA letter of support

Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS)
“Throughout more than 65 years of research and practical experience, the science has consistently demonstrated that fluoridation of community water supplies is safe and cost effective.”
MDS letter of support

Massachusetts Medical Society
“Fluoridation is one of the best public health efforts that came about in this country…There is a lot of misinformation out there about the effects of fluoride. All of the ‘good’ science shows that there are no ill effects of fluoride, especially when it is placed into the public water systems because it is done carefully.”

Better Oral Health Massachusetts Coalition

Massachusetts Coalition for Oral Health


I Like My Teeth – American Academy of Pediatrics
“Fluoride plays a very important role in the prevention of dental [decay]. Although the primary mechanism of action of fluoride in preventing dental [decay] is topical, systemic mechanisms are also important.”

PEW Center on the States
“Over the past decades, more than 3,000 studies or reports have been produced about fluoride or community water fluoridation. Although some people oppose this practice, the clear weight of the evidence shows that fluoridated water safely and effectively reduces tooth decay in children and adults.”

Community Water Fluoridation – CDC
“For many years, panels of experts from different health and scientific fields have provided strong evidence that water fluoridation is safe and effective.”

DentaQuest Foundation
Fluoridation of a community’s water supply benefits everyone, especially those who are at greatest risk and who have limited access to dental care. Community water fluoridation prevents needless infection, pain, suffering, loss of teeth, and other negative effects to overall health.

Fluoride Science – American Association of Public Health Dentistry

American Dental Association (ADA)
“Studies conducted throughout the past 65 years have consistently shown that fluoridation of community water supplies is safe and effective in preventing dental decay in both children and adults.”

Children’s Dental Health Project
Even in an era when fluoride toothpaste is widely used by Americans, studies in recent years continue to show that drinking water or other beverages with fluoride maximizes protection from cavities”

American Academy of Family Physicians
“Fluoridation of public water supplies is a safe, economical and effective measure to prevent dental [decay].”

American Public Health Association (APHA)
“Much of the credit for the nation’s better oral health can be attributed to the decision in the 1940s to begin adding fluoride to public drinking water systems.”

American Association of Public Health Dentistry
“the scientific evidence base continues to support CWF as a safe and effective public health measure, including national and international reviews conducted since 1990.”

Institute of Medicine
“Evidence continues to reaffirm that community water fluoridation is effective, safe, inexpensive, and is associated with significant cost savings.”