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Two Researchers Gain “Hall Of Fame” Status For Developing Fluoride Toothpaste.

The ADA News (1/29, Manchir) reports that the National Inventors Hall of Fame is recognizing posthumously Drs. Joseph Muhler and William Nebergall, the dentists “who helped develop and patent” fluoride toothpaste, which many credit “as a significant factor in the widespread decline in caries that began in the 1970s.” Thanks to their research, “Crest toothpaste was introduced nationally in 1956 and became the first dentifrice that the American Dental Association evaluated and accepted for therapeutic effectiveness.” The article notes that “today, toothpastes that qualify to earn the ADA Seal of Acceptance must include fluoride.”

The AP (1/21) reported that Drs. Muhler and Nebergall will be inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame on May 2, along with 17 others.

Drs. Nebergall and Muhler contributed a number of papers to The Journal of the American Dental Association. To read them, visit JADA.ADA.org and search for their names. To learn more about Drs. Muhler and Nebergall and the other National Inventors Hall of Fame inductees, visit invent.org/honor/inductees.

To see a complete list of products with the ADA Seal, visit ADA.org/Seal.

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