Public water fluoridation is a hot issue in two large U.S. communities
A few days ago, I told you about the Portland, Oregon, fluoride controversy. City officials claim that public water fluoridation is the only solution to the local "dental crisis." So when it came time for a vote of the City Council last week, how do you suppose that went? Mayor Sam Adams said, "The science is on the side of fluoridation."A recent Harvard study linked high levels of water fluoridation to lower IQ scores in children. And even the CDC admits that excess fluoride exposure causes dental discoloration or damage in about 40% of U.S. children. Theres science for you.
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#1 Sep 25, 2012
Of course it "went" that way ..that is reality. 65+ years of water fluoridation research find it to be safe, effective and inexpensive.
The most compelling data of community water fluoridation's (CWF) effectiveness is the huge Louisiana Medicaid study which found 2/3rds of the operations for terrible cavities in kids are avoided with CWF
see: Water Fluoridation & Costs of Medicaid Treatment for Dental Decay. MMWR. CDC 09/03/1999
In the Louisiana study 50% of the dental bills for the kids studied were avoided. If this were the only benefit 150% CWF returns in lower dental bills. That money will allow Pennsylvania's Medicaid program purchase more care for poor children.
see: Prev Chronic Dis. 2012 Mar;9: A simulation model for designing effective interventions in early childhood caries. Hirsch GB, et al
Under anesthesia procedures include extractions root canals & stainless steel crowns & cost up to $15,000 and happen more often in cities without CWF.
Few programs cities undertake have a return on investment of even 150%. That number doesn't include the saving for dental care of permanent teeth estimated by the CDC to be $38 for every $1 invested.
In the recent Fluoride War in Portland, Oregon the City Council was lobbied by many civil rights organizations which believe CWF an important Social Justice issue. While CWF doesn't prevent all cavities, the effects are large enough to blunt the impact of socioeconomic disadvantage on oral health.
Portland Mayor Sam Adams yesterday issued a very clear explanation of his support for CWF. He's got it completely right.
Save for those blinded by the passion of their opposing beliefs, this is sort of a no-brainer.
Since: Apr 12
#3 Sep 29, 2012
Oregonians have never seen a fact they couldn't ignore.
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