February is the National Children’s Dental Health Month, and the year 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of water fluoridation. In honor of that important milestone in public health, the slogan for the 2020 National Children’s Dental Health Month is “Fluoride in water prevents cavities! Get it from the tap!”
In 1945, Grand Rapids, Michigan, became the first city in the world to fluoridate its drinking water. The American Dental Association remains committed to fluoridation of public water supplies as the single most effective public health measure to help prevent tooth decay. More than 70 years of scientific research has consistently shown that an optimal level of fluoride in community water is safe and effective and prevents tooth decay by at least 25 percent in both children and adults.