Science Friday: Fluoride Being Added Back in City Water

Science Friday: Fluoride Being Added Back in City WaterThe City Council of Pinellas Park Florida has unanimously agreed that fluoride should be added back to the city water.

Dentists in the community supported adding fluoride in the public water supply, supporting the ADHA position that “fluoride is an effective, safe, and inexpensive way to prevent tooth decay.”

Dr. Dick Tomlin, a dentist in Pinellas Park for 42 years, said fluoride accounted for a “direct improvement” in his patients’ teeth.

TBNWeekly.com reports that dentist Tomlin was quoted as saying, “I have seen a lot of changes in over three generations of patients. There’s no question in our minds — we have seen a dramatic decrease in the decay in the kids we see. That’s all we’re after.”

TBN states that the fluoride mixture to be added to the water would be kept in bulk storage tanks outside the city’s two pump station. The city plans to maintain fluoride levels in the city water at 0.7 parts per million. Once new storage tanks and other equipment are installed, annual costs would work out to be approximately $1.40 per resident.

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What are your thoughts on the science behind fluoride in city drinking water?

Dentists Support Fluoridated Water: Survey

Fluoridate Our Water, Say the Majority of DentistsWater Fluoridation Dental Survey Results

In our most recent survey, we asked dentists if they are in favor of water fluoridation. The clear majority (85%) support fluoridation, with many citing it as one of the top 10 public health innovations of the 20th century. The minority (15%) voiced concerns about the possible side effects of mass medication.

“There is a reason it was rated one of the top ten health policies of the century,” said one orthodontist. “Fluoride in excess is linked to several health problems,” cautioned a prosthodontist. “It is forced medication of questionable benefit,” said another dentist.

One dentist shared his anecdotal evidence in support of fluoridation. “I have had a practice in a small city for 25 years that does not have water fluoridation. This location is surrounded by many towns that are fluoridated. There is a drastically higher level of caries in children of the non-fluoridated city than the surrounding towns.”

Read the complete water fluoridation survey results

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