Myth: Adding fluoride is like forcing people to take medicine.

Fact: Fluoride is not a medication. It is a mineral, and when present at the right level, fluoride in drinking water has two beneficial effects: preventing tooth decay and contributing to healthy bones.

U.S. court decisions have rejected the argument that fluoride is a medication that should not be allowed in water. The American Journal of Public Health summarized one of these rulings, noting fluoride is not a medication, but rather a nutrient found naturally in some areas but deficient in others.

There are several examples of how everyday products are fortified to enhance the health of Americans, such as iodine added to salt, folic acid added to breads and cereals and Vitamin D added to milk.

Numerous scientific studies and reviews have recognized fluoride as an important nutrient for strong healthy teeth.

Source: The American Dental Association Fluoride Facts and ILikeMyTeeth.org