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We've been a little cheeky to characterize all of these organizations' statements and materials we found about fluoride as them saying fluoride fights cavities. Because not all of them literally use the words "fights cavities" in their materials.*
But as of 2017, every organization in this list has a statement or materials online showing that their assessment is indeed that fluoride prevents cavities. And we think it's fair to say that dentists, doctors, public health folks, and scientists view prevention as fighting the good fight :)
See links to each organization's materials about fluoride - whether in toothpaste, varnish, water, supplements, or another mode - here:
References for prevention of tooth decay with fluoride
*Shout outs to orgs who literally say fight!
Academy of Dentistry International, "To fix the early damage caused by plaque bacteria we use fluoride, a natural substance which helps to remineralize the tooth structure. Fluoride is added to toothpaste to fight cavities and clean teeth. The most common source of fluoride is in the water we drink."
Academy of General Dentistry, "Topical fluoride is applied directly to the teeth. It is found in products containing strong concentrations of fluoride to fight tooth decay, such as toothpastes and mouth rinses."
Canadian Public Health Association says it right in the title, Fighting the Good Fight: Fluoridation of Drinking Water. And in The Tooth Decay Process: How to Reverse It and Avoid a Cavity, NIH's National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research drew it as a tug of war!