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ADA Council on Access, Prevention and Interpersonal Relations

The American Dental Association (ADA) Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations (CAPIR) is a primary ADA agency dedicated to broadening the scope of oral health care within the health care system, promoting preventive dentistry as a cornerstone of oral health care and advancing the delivery of oral health care to the public. CAPIR recommends policy, develops resources and formulates programs in the areas of: access to oral health services; community health activities; community water fluoridation and other preventive health activities; and health care facilities and interprofessional affairs.

The AMA House of Delegates has developed the following water fluoridation policies:

H-440.972 Statewide Fluoridation
The AMA urges state health departments to consider the value of required statewide fluoridation (preferably a comprehensive program of fluoridation of all public water supplies, where these are fluoride deficient), and to initiate such action as deemed appropriate.  (Sub. Res. 9, I-86; Reaffirmed: Sunset Report, I-96; Reaffirmed: CSAPH Rep. 3, A-06)

H440.945 Fluoride Content of Municipal Water Supplies
Local and state medical societies and individual physicians have the opportunity to become involved in correcting the problem of fluoride underfeeding by (1) ascertaining whether municipal water supplies are optimally fluoridated and (2) working with public health agencies to take corrective action if suboptimal fluoridation is found.  (BOT Rep. RR, I-91; Reaffirmed: Sunset Report I-01)