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The International Association for Dental Research (IADR), considering that dental caries (tooth decay) ranks among the most prevalent chronic diseases worldwide; and

recognizing that the consequences of tooth decay include pain, suffering, infection, tooth loss, and the subsequent need for costly restorative treatment; and

taking into account that over 50 years of research have clearly demonstrated its efficacy and safety; and

noting that numerous national and international health-related organizations endorse fluoridation of water supplies;

fully endorses and strongly recommends the practice of water fluoridation for improving the oral health of nations.

(adopted 1979, updated 1999)