Water Fluoridation: Safety, Effectiveness & Value in Oral Health Care

Community water fluoridation (CWF) and other fluoride modalities historically have been and remains the cornerstone for the prevention and control of dental caries. There is extensive evidence on the efficacy and costeffectiveness of these interventions as well as assessments of the risks associated with fluoride ingestion.

In 2006 the National Research Council identified severe fluorosis as the only documented health effect of fluoride at 2 – 4 mg/L in drinking water. Concentrations recommended for CWF and current dosage schedules for other modalities ensure safety. Systematic reviews on fluorides have identified gaps in knowledge or the need to replicate some of the previous studies under current widespread use of fluorides. The objective of this symposium is to review evidence of effectiveness and safety, identify research gaps and consider implications for optimizing use of fluoride in public health and clinical practice.

Date: FRIDAY, March 21, 10:45 A.M. – 12:15 P.M.

Sponsored by: Cariology Research Group IADR

Speakers include:

  • Dr. MartinezMier Indiana University Preventive & Community Dentistry
  • Dr. Jay Kumar Director, Bureau of Dental Health, New York State
  • Dr. Barbara Gooch, Associate Director for Science, Division of Oral Health, NCCDPHP, CDC
  • Dr. Gary Slade, John W. Stamm Distinguished Professor of Dentistry, Department of Dental Ecology,  University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chair: Dr. Stephen H. Abrams (Cliffcrest Dental Office, Toronto, ON, Canada)

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