The American Dental Association (ADA) issued a statement welcoming US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD, and his endorsement of community water fluoridation. “Fluoride’s effec­tiveness in preventing tooth decay extends throughout one’s life,” he said, “resulting in fewer—and less severe—cavities.”

As the ADA points out, 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of community water fluoridation. Since its introduction in Grand Rapids, Mich, in 1945, optimally fluoridated water has improved the oral health of tens of millions of Americans.

“Studies show that community water fluoridation prevents at least 25% of tooth decay in children and adults, even in an era with widespread availability of fluoride from other sources, such as fluoride toothpaste,” said ADA President Dr Carol Gomez Summerhays. “On behalf of the ADA, we wish to thank Dr Murthy for reaffirming that community water fluoridation is the single most effective public health measure to prevent tooth decay. The ADA is proud to continue its efforts at the state and federal levels to support this safe and proven way to help fight dental disease.”

Community water fluoridation education is one of the initiatives supported by the ADA’s Action for Dental Health movement.