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Re: “In Defense of Fluoridation

James

There are no alternative approaches to bring the entire population fewer cavities aside the water fluoridation.

As is common for opponents you insist that the water not be fluoridated so you have a "choice."

Firstly, your desire to avoid is without objective foundation,. There is no scientific evidence that 0.7 ppm fluoride causes any harm whatsoever. This has been widely studied in the past 72 years and there is overwhelming scientific consensus on this. America's pediatricians and Family Physicians are part of nearly 150 organizations and societies on record that fluoridation prevents cavities and is safe.

Here is a convenient place to read what the many organizations supporting fluoridation have to say, in their own words

http://www.ilikemyteeth.org/fluoridation/why-fluoride/

Secondly, there are many people benefiting from fluoridation who in no sense can make a choice.

The little 4 year old with a mouthful of rotten teeth requires operations under general anesthesia (a child died last year in Vancouver, WA from the sedation) and includes pulling teeth, root canals and placement of unsightly metal crowns.

Here's what these cases look like

https://www.dropbox.com/s/p878bel9fqfthws/Severe%20Caries%20OR%20and%20Child%27s%20slide%20simple.jpg?dl=0

Fluoridation avoids about 3/4ths of these operations. The cases avoided with fluoridation save about 50% of the Medicaid dental budget for kids 6 and under. The return on investment for these little children alone has been reported to be 150% in Colorado and 900% in New York. So much money is saved that in New York the Medicaid plans are buying fluoridation systems. They end up with more money to pay for poor kids medical and dental care.

These kids don't get to choose their parents, the mother's mouth bacteria, if they are seen by dental professionals, their food, the instruction to brush properly. Older people who are no longer able to brush effectively may have no oral health prevention other than their tap water. Nursing home dental care is nearly non-existent. What choice do they have?

Your view is equivalent to the "let them eat cake" quotation supposedly spoken by "a great princess" upon learning that the French peasants had no bread.

The return in lower dental bills for adults is 12% for the smallest cities and over 13,000% for some large systems.

Courts have uniformly dismissed your demand for "choice." The Oregon Supreme Court's decision speaks directly to your viewpoint:

"Real liberty for all could not exist under the operation of a principle which recognizes the right of each individual person to use his own regardless of the injury that may be done to others." (Baer v City of Bend)

My view is that people like yourself who want to choose avoiding fluoride can satisfy their choice by purchasing a Reverse Osmosis filter for under $200 at Home Depot or purchasing bottled water. The price for everyone else - children, adults and the aged, is just too high to avoid fluoridation and honor this view of "choice."

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Posted by Picker Twentytwo on 06/10/2018 at 5:37 PM

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