• Project Team

    The following individuals contributed their valuable time and expertise to this project:

    Workgroup Members

    • Linda D. Boyd, EdD, RD, Chair
    • Susan J. Bessler, MS, RD, CSP
    • BJ Friedman, PhD, RD, LD
    • Lisa F. Mallonee, MPH, RD, LD
    • Melanie McCarthy, MS, RD, RDH, CHES
    • Rachel G. Stern, MS, RD

    Project Manager/Lead Analyst

    • Scott Parrott, PhD

    Evidence Analysts

    • Alison E. Dvorak, MS, RD
    • Mary Katherine 'Kathy' Hoy, EdD, RD
    • Vijaya Juturu, PhD, FACN
    • Winifred Yu, MS, RD

    Associations Position Committee Workgroup

    • Carol Berg Sloan, RD
    • Dian O. Weddle, PhD, RD, FADA
    • James H. Swain, PhD, RD, LD

    Academy Staff

    • Deborah Cummins, PhD
    • Kari Kren, MPH, RD
    • Esther F. Myers, PhD, RD
    • Joan Schwaba, MS, RD

    Financial Contributor

    • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

    Disclosures of Potential Conflicts of Interest: In the interest of full disclosure, the Academy has adopted the policy of revealing relationships workgroup members have with companies that sell products or services that are relevant to this topic. Workgroup members are required to disclose potential conflicts of interest by completing the Academy Conflict of Interest Form. It should not be assumed that these financial interests will have an adverse impact on the content, but they are noted here to fully inform readers.

    • None of the workgroup members listed above disclosed potential conflicts.
  • Project Resources

    This project resulted in an Academy position paper titled The Impact of Fluoride on Health:

    Abstract - It is the position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to support optimal systemic and topical fluoride as an important public health measure to promote oral health and overall health throughout life. Fluoride is an important element in the mineralization of bone and teeth. The proper use of topical and systemic fluoride has resulted in major reductions in dental caries, and its associated disability. Dental caries remains the most prevalent chronic disease in children and affects all age groups of the population. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have named fluoridation of water as one of the 10 most important public health measures of the 21th century. Currently more than 72% of the U.S. population that is served by community water systems, benefits from water fluoridation. However, only 27 states provide fluoridated water to more than three quarters of the state’s residents on public water systems. Fluoride also plays a role in bone health. However, the use of high doses of fluoride for osteoporosis prevention is considered only experimental at this point. Dietetics practitioners should routinely monitor and promote the use of topical fluorides for all age groups. J Acad Nutr DIet 2012 (Sept)9:1443-1453  (PDF