The Loma Prietan - April 2014

Letter to the Editor

A different view on Fluoridation

Rebuttal letter

By Stephen Rosenblum

I strongly object to the inclusion of the biased article on water fluoridation by Arlene Goetzee in the February 2014 issue of the Loma Prietan newsletter. It begs for a response from the SCWVD and the American Dental Association as Ms. Goetzee's viewpoint hardly represents the scientific consensus on this issue.
The Sierra Club's official position is that added fluoride should be controlled mainly to limit the damage to wildlife and the ecosystem. http://www.sierraclub.org/policy/conservation/water_fluoridation.aspx The American Dental Association's position can be found at http://www.ada.org/4045.aspx which reads, in part, "The American Dental Association unreservedly endorses the fluoridation of community water supplies as safe, effective and necessary in preventing tooth decay. This support has been the Association's position since policy was first adopted in 1950...."
 
U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin wrote recently at http://www.ada.org/sections/advocacy/pdfs/Surgeon_General.pdf "...One of water fluoridation’s biggest advantages is that it benefits all residents of a community—at home, work, school, or play—through the simple act of drinking fluoridated water. Where water fluoridation is a community-wide intervention, the benefits are not limited by a person’s income level or their ability to receive routine dental care. It also is a very cost-effective intervention. A lifetime of cavity prevention can be obtained for less than the cost of one dental filling.Fluoridation’s effectiveness in preventing tooth decay is not limited to children, but extends throughout life, resulting in fewer and less severe cavities. In fact, each generation born since the implementation of water fluoridation has enjoyed better dental health than the generation that preceded it. .."
 
In the light of these and other scientific opinions, I hope that you will solicit a response from the SCWVD to this attack on their water treatment policies.
 
Sincerely yours,
Stephen Rosenblum
Sierra Club Member, Palo Alto