National and International Organizations that Recognize the Public Health Benefits of Community Water Fluoridation for Preventing Dental Decay
Water Fluoridation: An Analysis of the Health Benefits and Risks
American Dental Association List
Endorsements of six Surgeons General, 1982 - present
Support Statements from Health Organizations & Individuals
More Support Statements from Health Organizations

  1. Academy of Dentistry International
  2. Academy of General Dentistry
  3. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  4. Academy for Sports Dentistry
  5. Alzheimer's Association
  6. America's Health Insurance Plans
  7. American Academy of Family Physicians - The American Academy of Family Physicians supports fluoridation of public water supplies as a safe, economical, and effective method to prevent dental caries.
  8. American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
  9. American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology
  10. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  11. American Academy of Pediatrics - Water fluoridation continues to be one of the most important tools in our toolbox to prevent tooth decay in children and adults. Hundreds of studies have affirmed community water fluoridation as a safe, equitable, and cost-effective way to protect the oral health of the population. As such, the AAP agrees that the recommended 0.7 milligrams per liter provides enough fluoride to prevent tooth decay in children and adults while limiting the possibility for children to develop dental fluorosis—a mild change in the appearance of the tooth's enamel. Children and adults should be encouraged to take advantage of the availability of fluoridated water by drinking tap water and using it to prepare meals. This, in conjunction with a healthy diet, preventive oral health care, and good oral hygiene will help families to enjoy good oral health without the pain and expense of tooth decay.
  12. American Academy of Pediatrie Dentistry
  13. American Academy of Periodontology
  14. American Academy of Physician Assistants
  15. American Association for Community Dental Programs
  16. American Association for Dental Research
  17. American Association for Health Education
  18. American Association for the Advancement of Science
  19. American Association of Endodontists
  20. American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
  21. American Association of Orthodontists
  22. American Association of Public Health Dentistry
  23. American Association of Women Dentists
  24. American Cancer Society - The general consensus among the reviews done to date is that there is no strong evidence of a link between water fluoridation and cancer. However, several of the reviews noted that further studies are needed to clarify the possible link. More recent studies have compared the rates of osteosarcoma in areas with higher versus lower levels of fluoridation in Great Britain, Ireland, and the United States. These studies have not found an increased risk of osteosarcoma in areas of water fluoridation.
    This is a statement concerning the lack of known cancer risks, NOT a position statement in favor of fluoridation. 
  25. American College of Dentists
  26. American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine
  27. American College of Preventive Medicine
  28. American College of Prosthodontists
  29. American Council on Science and Health
  30. American Dental Assistants Association
  31. American Dental Association
  32. American Dental Education Association
  33. American Dental Hygienists' Association
  34. American Dietetic Association
  35. American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations
  36. American Hospital Association
  37. American Institute of Nutrition
  38. American Legislative Exchange Council
  39. American Medical Association
  40. American Nurses Association
  41. American Osteopathic Association
  42. American Pharmaceutical Association
  43. American Pharmacists Association
  44. American Public Health Association
  45. American School Health Association
  46. American Society for Clinical Nutrition
  47. American Society for Nutritional Sciences
  48. American Student Dental Association
  49. American Veterinary Medical Association
  50. American Water Works Association
  51. Association for Academic Health Centers
  52. Association of American Medical Colleges
  53. Association of Clinicians for the Underserved
  54. Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs
  55. Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors
  56. Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
  57. Association of State and Territorial Public Health
  58. Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
  59. Australian Dental Association (ADA)
  60. Australian Health Ministers' Conference
  61. Australia New South Wales Department of Health
  62. Nutrition Directors
  63. British Dental Association
  64. British Fluoridation Society
  65. British Medical Association
  66. Canadian Association of Dental Public Health
  67. Canadian Dental Association
  68. Canadian Dental Hygienist Association
  69. Canadian Medical Association
  70. Canadian Nurses Association
  71. Canadian Pediatric Society
  72. Canadian Public Health Association
  73. Center for Science in the Public Interest
  74. Child Welfare League of America
  75. Consumer Federation of America
  76. Children's Dental Health Project
  77. Consumer Federation of America
  78. Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists
  79. Delta Dental Plans Association
  80. European Food Safety Authority - Though fluoride is not essential for tooth development, exposure to fluoride leads to incorporation into the hydroxyapatite of the developing tooth enamel and dentin. The resulting fluorohydroxyapatite is more resistant to acids than hydroxyapatite. Thus, teeth which contain fluoroapatite are less likely to develop caries. Apart from incorporation of fluoride into the dentin and enamel of teeth before eruption, dietary fluoride exerts an anticaries effect on erupted teeth through contact with enamel during consumption, excretion into saliva and uptake into biofilms on teeth. In addition, fluoride interferes with the metabolism of oral microbial cells, by directly inhibiting, for example, glycolytic enzymes and cell membrane-associated H+ ATPases in microbial cells after entry of hydrofluoric acid into their cytoplasm.  This is a statement of recognized benefits, NOT a position statement. 
  81. European Organization for Caries Research
  82. Fédération Dentaire Internationale (FDI)
  83. Federation of American Hospitals
  84. Food and Nutrition Board
  85. Great Britain Ministry of Health
  86. Health Canada
  87. Health Insurance Association of America
  88. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
  89. Hispanic Dental Association
  90. Indian Dental Association (U.S.A.)
  91. Institute of Medicine
  92. International Association for Dental Research
  93. International Association for Orthodontics
  94. International College of Dentists
  95. March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation
  96. Mayo Clinic
  97. National Academy of Science
  98. National Association of Community Health Centers
  99. National Association of County and City Health Officials
  100. National Association of Dental Assistants
  101. National Association of Local Boards of Health
  102. National Association of Social Workers
  103. National Cancer Institute Recently [2011], researchers examined the possible relationship between fluoride exposure and osteosarcoma in a new way: they measured fluoride concentration in samples of normal bone that were adjacent to a person’s tumor. Because fluoride naturally accumulates in bone, this method provides a more accurate measure of cumulative fluoride exposure than relying on the memory of study participants or municipal water treatment records. The analysis showed no difference in bone fluoride levels between people with osteosarcoma and people in a control group who had other malignant bone tumors.
    This is a statement concerning the lack of known cancer risks, NOT a position statement in favor of fluoridation.  
  104. National Confectioners Association
  105. National Council Against Health Fraud
  106. National Dental Assistants Association
  107. National Dental Association
  108. National Dental Hygienists' Association
  109. National Down Syndrome Congress
  110. National Down Syndrome Society
  111. National Eating Disorders Association
  112. National Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped
  113. National Health Council
  114. National Head Start Association
  115. National Health Law Program
  116. National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition
  117. National Kidney Foundation - The benefits of water and dental products containing fluoride is the prevention of tooth decay and dental cavities in people of all ages.
    The references on this page are an interesting read that describe how the organization's endorsement of fluoridation was challenged by an anti-fluoridation lawyer.  The site references benefits of fluoridation and provides recommendations for dealing with fluoridation for those with chronic kidney disease.  The NKF does not recommend stopping fluoridation.  
  118. New Zealand Ministry of Health
  119. Oral Health America
  120. Pan American Health Organization
  121. Public Health Association of Australia
  122. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  123. Royal College of Physicians (London)
  124. Society for Public Health Education
  125. Society of American Indian Dentists
  126. Special Care Dentistry
    • Academy of Dentistry for Persons with Disabilities
    • American Association of Hospital Dentists
    • American Society for Geriatric Dentistry
  127. The Children's Health Fund
  128. The Dental Health Foundation (of California)
  129. U.S. Department of Defense
  130. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  131. U.S. Public Health Service
    • U.S. Surgeon General
    • Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
    • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    • Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
    • Indian Health Service
    • Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
    • National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
  132. World Federation of Orthodontists
  133. World Health Organization (WHO) - Many epidemiological studies of possible adverse effects of the long-term ingestion of fluoride via drinking water have been carried out. ... Low concentrations provide protection against dental caries, both in children and in adults. The protective effects of fluoride increase with concentration up to about 2 mg of fluoride per litre of drinking-water; the minimum concentration of fluoride in drinking-water required to produce it is approximately 0.5 mg/l. ... Mild dental fluorosis may not be detectable except by specialist examination.

Note:  The above list was derived from the two sources listed above 10/2015