Science Policy

Fluoridation of Water Supplies

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)