Many people assume their community has fluoridated tap water, and, confident in the knowledge that it is safe and effective, are surprised to learn that the practice is sometimes called into question. Others have no opinion on community water fluoridation (CWF) until they go online and encounter the misinformation and anti-fluoride websites that are so ubiquitous dental equipment. But, frankly, most people don’t think about CWF at all, leaving advocates with an enormous challenge: how to get people to value and support something they may already have.
The Campaign for Dental Health is pleased to provide supporters of community water fluoridation with seven new shareable images. These are designed to place CWF at the center of values that are shared by communities and individuals alike: pride of place, doing what’s best for children, and maintaining healthy practices that benefit everyone.
These shareable images draw on our trust in doctors and dentists to demonstrate that – as parents, too – they support the safety and effectiveness of community water fluoridation, a value we think will resonate with self-directed young parents dental handpiece. And we tap into the American sense of progress and pride to inspire a desire to provide and protect high public health standards.
Debunking Unreliable Claims: The “Harvard study”
Dr Brittany Seymour, assistant professor in oral health policy and epidemiology at Harvard School of Dental Medicine, debunks unreliable claims about water fluoridation in this new video, providing much-needed information and context to the often misrepresented Harvard Study on fluoridation and children’s IQ.
Critics of water fluoridation have successfully used the internet to circulate misleading conclusions about 27 studies that were evaluated in 2012 by researchers affiliated with Harvard. These studies, nearly all of them from China, explored whether there were associations between fluoride and children’s IQ scores. Watch the video, produced by the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, for a brief background on these studies and clarification of the evidence dental vibrator.