CDC report questions rise of dental fluorosis April 23, 2019 -- A new publication from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) casts doubt on the reliability of previously reported data that suggested that U.S. dental fluorosis was on the rise among U.S. children. Discuss
FDA proposes limiting fluoride in bottled water April 3, 2019 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed a rule to lower the allowable level of fluoride in bottled water. The new level of 0.7 mg/L parts per million is the same as the standard set by the Department of Health and Human Services in 2015 for community water systems. Discuss
Second Opinion: An update on the Utah fluoride overfeed March 29, 2019 -- In early February 2019, the residents of 50 homes in Sandy City, UT, experienced a brief "fluoride overfeed" that resulted from a combination of human error and a snowstorm that caused a power failure at the city's water plant. Dr. Johnny Johnson Jr., president of the American Fluoridation Society, gives an update to the situation in this Second Opinion.
Does fluoride concentration matter for decay prevention? March 27, 2019 -- Data support the use of fluoride in toothpaste to prevent decay, but there is no standardization of fluoride levels in toothpaste. Researchers performed an updated, comprehensive review to see if the level of fluoride in toothpaste affected its ability to fight tooth decay. Discuss
CDC survey: U.S. kids brush at 1 year but use too much toothpaste February 6, 2019 -- Almost 80% of U.S. children and adolescents began brushing their teeth at or before their first birthday, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, nearly 40% of children ages 3 to 6 are using too much toothpaste when they brush. Discuss
Water fluoridation may reduce caries disparities January 30, 2019 -- Community water fluoridation may reduce dental caries disparities due to income levels, according to a new study published in JAMA Pediatrics on January 28. Researchers found low-income children were less likely to experience caries in their primary teeth if they lived in fluoridated counties. Discuss
Ending fluoridation linked to more caries, higher costs December 21, 2018 -- Ending community water fluoridation may have long-lasting oral health and financial consequences. Researchers found the number of caries treatments and their associated Medicaid costs soared in Juneau, AK, after the city stopped adding fluoride to its water supply. Discuss
U.S. voters decide on dental-related issues November 7, 2018 -- U.S. citizens headed to the polls on November 6 to weigh in on a number of dental-related issues in the midterm election. Local and state ballot measures ranged from community water fluoridation to the future of soda taxes, and five dentists were elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Discuss
6 ways nanoparticles are the future of dentistry September 24, 2018 -- Nanoparticles have the potential to enhance almost every aspect of dentistry, from radiographs and restoratives to orthodontics and oral surgery. A scientific paper highlighted some possibilities for how dentists may use nanoparticles. Discuss
Second Opinion: A crucial study on fluoride produces silence June 26, 2018 -- In this Second Opinion, Dr. Johnny Johnson Jr., president of the American Fluoridation, looks at the response to studies about fluoride's safety. Dr. Johnson addresses the need for those in the public health community to respond when fluoride's use is challenged. Discuss
Study finds SDF safe and effective on kids' teeth
Silver diamine fluoride (SDF) was found to be safe and 100% effective in stopping active caries in primary teeth of at-risk children and was also well-accepted by their parents in a new study, published in the Journal of Public Health Dentistry. Read more.