Letter to the Editor:
I have been reading the alarmists’ views of the dangers of fluoridation with concern. Their shrill, unscientific opinions are reminiscent of the Great Cranberry Scare of 1959. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states, “For 65 years, community water fluoridation has been a safe and healthy way to effectively prevent tooth decay. CDC has recognized water fluoridation as one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century.” Read www.cdc.gov/fluoridation/index.htm.The alarmists’ arguments are baseless. While it is true toothpaste containing fluoride can be acutely toxic if swallowed in large amounts, the risk of using the amount of fluoride in toothpaste on a toothbrush is low enough that the use of full-strength toothpaste (1350-1500 ppm fluoride) is considered safe for all ages. Compare this to the minuscule 15 ppm of fluoride contained in fluoridated water.
My wife and her mother grew up without fluoridation in their water supply. Her mother had all of her teeth extracted at age 16; my wife has had a lifetime of dental problems, root canals, fillings, extractions and partial plates. Our two children, on the other hand, grew up drinking fluoridated water in Richmond Hill. Now in their 30s, neither one has ever had a cavity and they have no idea about the ordeal and expense of poor dental health. Our young granddaughter now lives in Orillia, where I trust she, too, will enjoy the benefits of fluoridated water.
I trust reason will overcome the shrillness. Prevent the children of Orillia from being condemned to a lifetime of dental misery. For their sake, fluoridate Orillia’s water.
(My response to the above Ontario Canada online Letter to Editor--and the other comment submitted was also on the mark with logical facts!):
EPA’s Maximum “Safety Allowance” for Fluoride: 4.0 ppm (parts per million)—with scientific evidence that 1.0 ppm damages the body. EPA’S 1500 Water Safety Scientists, after 11 years of their own studies, are on record in 1997, & every year since then, as unanimously against fluoridating public water, demanding a Congressional moratorium on all fluoride in food and water in 2005, refusing to have fluoridated drinking water in their own office, and quoting their studies that it’s a causal link to cancer, genetic damage, neurological and brain impairment, bone pathology, and lowering IQ in children. And what about the scientific professionals who used to be for fluoride, but have also done their own scientific research, such as Dr. Hardy Limeback stating, "Since April of 1999, I have publicly decried the addition of fluoride, especially hydrofluosilicic acid, to drinking water..." as well as over 4,000 other scientific professionals who've signed the Professional Statement at Fluoride Action Network?? This is considered as only "shrilling opinions" and "alarmist?" As long as the real, updated scientific research is ignored by repeating the litany of dental/public health paid-for endorsements and refusal to accept real science, this one-sided "debate" will, and must, continue for truthful education's sake.