Water fluoridation is imperative preventative measure for lifelong good health

MEDIA RELEASE
November 19, 2008

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Dental Association (ODA) is speaking out to the region of Halton and politicians who are considering removing fluoride from their water by urging them to get the facts from informed medical experts.

“Water fluoridation helps prevent tooth decay – it’s just that simple,” said Burlington-based ODA Immediate Past-President, Dr. Don Russell, who addressed Halton Regional Council Wednesday. “I see it in my office all the time – water fluoridation is something kids need from a very early age – adults need it too. It’s preventative care that will help for life.”

In a Special Report “Tooth Decay in Ontario’s Children: An Ounce of Prevention – A Pound of Cure,” launched by the ODA yesterday a group of experts from around the world agreed that water fluoridation is essential in preventative care.

“To remove water fluoridation would be a tremendous step backward,” said ODA President, Dr. Larry Levin. “Kids need all the help they can get in life – and we owe it to each and every one of them to ensure that they get this kind of preventative care.”

There are other international experts who agree with the ODA on water fluoridation:
  • The Health Canada Website of the Office of the Chief Dental Officer reports that:
    “Experts confirm the benefits of fluoride for dental health.”
  • The Canadian Dental Association states:
    “CDA supports fluoridation of municipal drinking water as a safe, effective and economical means of preventing dental caries (cavities) in all age groups.”
  • US Centres for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia states:
    “The CDC has recognized the fluoridation of drinking water to prevent dental decay as one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th Century.”
  • The U.S. Surgeon General states:
    “Community water fluoridation continues to be the most cost- effective, equitable and safe means to provide protection from tooth decay in a community.”
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) states:
    “That universal access to fluoride for dental health is a part of the basic human right to life.”

“The ODA is saying to the region of Halton and to politicians that it’s time to stand up for water fluoridation – it’s important to your town, your city, your family and your dentist,” said Dr. Russell. “It’s essential to both your oral health and your overall health. If you have questions about water fluoridation, please speak to your dentist today.”


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Kari Cuss
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