The Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) approval of bottlers' claim of reduced risk of dental caries or tooth decay by fluoridated water, is being backed by the American Dental Association (ADA).
"Whether you drink fluoridated water from the tap or buy it in a bottle, you're doing the right thing for your oral health," says ADA executive director James B. Bramson, D.D.S. "Thanks to the FDA's decision, bottlers can now claim what dentists have long known--that optimally fluoridated water helps prevent tooth decay."
The ADA also agrees with the FDA that this health claim is not intended for use on bottled water marketed to infants for whom lesser amounts of fluoride are appropriate.
According to the FDA's Center for Food Safety and applied Nutrition, "the food eligible to bear the claim is bottled water...containing greater than 0.6 and up to 1.0 mg/L total fluoride, and meeting all general requirements for health claims...."
The American Dental Association (ADA) continues to endorse fluoridation of community water supplies as safe and effective for preventing tooth decay. This support has been the Association's position since policy was first adopted in 1950. Approximately 162 million people in the United States are served by public water systems that are fluoridated. The ADA, along with state and local dental societies, continues to work with federal, state, and local agencies to increase the number of communities benefiting from water fluoridation.