ODA Says to Haldimand-Norfolk Region: "It's Time to Stand Up for Water Fluoridation!"
Water fluoridation is an imperative preventative measure for lifelong good health
March 24, 2009
Simcoe, ON – The Ontario Dental Association (ODA) and the Haldimand-Norfolk Dental Society are speaking out to the county of Norfolk and politicians who are considering removing fluoride from their water by urging them to get the facts from informed medical experts.
“Water fluoridation is safe and helps prevent tooth decay – it’s just that simple,” says Dr. Ian Malo, President of the Haldimand-Norfolk Dental Society. “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 entitled "Tooth Decay in Ontario’s Children: An Ounce of Prevention – A Pound of Cure
," launched by the ODA in November of last year, 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,” says 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.”
The benefits of water fluoridation became apparent in light of a recent study in another part of the province, Simcoe Muskoka. The report by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, Oral Health in Simcoe and Muskoka, showed more than half of children aged seven and nine in Simcoe County and Muskoka have tooth decay. Only seven percent of the population in that region has access to fluoridated water.
“Five-, seven- and nine-year-old children from Simcoe Muskoka had poorer oral health when compared to those from Haldimand-Norfolk where about 74 percent of the population has fluoridated drinking water.” says Dr. Dick Ito, President of the Ontario Association of Public Health Dentistry. “Withdrawing fluoride from the drinking water of the townships of Simcoe and Delhi may lead to long-term oral health problems down the road.”
Other international experts agree with the ODA on water fluoridation:
- The Health Canada Website of the Office of the Chief Dental Officer reports:
“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.”
- Centre 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 Norfolk county 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,” says Dr. Malo. “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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