Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Does YOUR community have fluoridated drinking water? Mine doesn't

    I find it astonishing that a recent New York Times article  (Fluoride, 1931) concludes, triumphantly,  that "Today, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 60 percent of Americans use fluoridated water."  60%  ? This is a GOOD thing?  When I was doing my residency, we routinely treated dental infections in the emergency room which could have been prevented by fluoridated water.
The lack of fluoridation in many parts of this country is a national disgrace. If 60% of children were being vaccinated, or if 60% of women had access to adequate prenatal care we would be appalled. Water fluoridation costs pennies per person per year, and is one of the great public health triumphs of the 20th century.
Considering our current concerns with runaway health care costs, fluoridation, which costs pennies per person per year, really ought to be a no-brainer.

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