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Fluoridation of Public Water Drinking Systems

ANA Position Statement
Effective Date: March 18, 2016

The American Nurses Association recognizes the public health benefits of fluoridation of public drinking water systems and supports its use when the following conditions are met:

  • The concentration of fluoride in the public drinking water is in accordance with the most current Public Health Service Recommendations for safe and optimal prevention of dental caries.
  • State and local governments have carefully considered whether to fluoridate the public drinking water based on the existing water supply’s naturally occurring fluoride concentration.
  • The most current, evidence-based, sound research supports the benefits of public water fluoridation and does not indicate harmful risks.

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