The concept of the National Center for Fluoridation (NCF) was first developed in 1996 after numerous discussions with local, state, and federal public health officials; scientists; and officers of various health professional organizations regarding the need for a privately operated central repository for information about community water fluoridation. Such a repository had become necessary due to the elimination of similar functions previously performed at the National Institute of Dental Research (now National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research) and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.
The NCF Web Site was initially developed as an appendix to the faculty web site of Dr. Michael W. Easley, Associate Professor of Oral Biology at the School of Dental Medicine, State University of New York at Buffalo. By January, 1999, the site had become so cumbersome to use because of the extensive number of links developed, that an independent NCF Web Site was established. At about the same time, the NCF Board of Science, Technology, & Policy Advisors was created, as was the NCF Board of Information Technology Advisors.
By June 15, 1999, the NCF Web Site (at that time designated as the National Center for Fluoridation Policy and Research or NCFPR) had experienced nearly 9,000 hits in the first six months of its existence and it had a membership of 81, representing 22 states (AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, HI, IA, IL, KS, MD, MI, MN, MO, NY, OH, OR, PA, TN, TX, VT, WA, & WI) and 9 countries (England, Ireland, South Korea, New Zealand, Panama, South Africa, Romania, Sweden, & the United States). These 81 "charter" members (who have been designated either a NCF Research Fellow, NCF Health Policy Fellow, or NCF Editorial Fellow) represented local, state, federal, & international public health agencies; schools of dentistry, medicine, public health, & allied health; private organizations & private health practitioners; local, state, national, & international dental organizations; as well as community health centers, foundations, & prepaid dental plans.
By August 8, 2000, the NCF web site had experienced over 36,000 hits; had established a 5-member Executive Advisory Committee; had appointed 23 of its Collaborative Partners to its Board of Science, Technology, & Policy Advisors (representing 10 states and 6 countries); and had registered a total of 167 Collaborative Partners from 16 countries and 30 states.
In 2003, the National Center for Fluoridation Policy & Research (NCFPR) merged its activities with Oral Health America, the only national independent 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving oral health for all Americans, and shortened its name to the National Fluoridation Center (NCF). In 2005, NCF moved its website to Oral Health America's server, further integrating its activities with those of the parent organization.