In a letter to the editor dated August 1st entitled "Who knows More" Scott Rudinski writes about the endorsements of water fluoridation from various organizations. And he seems to imply my ignorance of those endorsements. Dr. Troxler does the same in a letter dated August 4th ... he even offers to give me a copy of the American Dental Association (ADA) endorsement.
Most of the agencies listed by Mr. Rudinski and Dr. Troxler offer their support based on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) ongoing endorsement of the practice.
The CDC made their unsubstantiated claim about water fluoridation as being one of the top ten public health achievements years ago in 1991. Since then, despite many years of evidence to the contrary ... the mantra is repeated time and time again. The reduction of cavities as seen around the world (shown to be identical in both fluoridated and non-fluoridated communities) has been accomplished in part by the topical mechanism of the higher concentration of fluoride found in toothpaste and as delivered in the dental office.
In a 2006 study commissioned by the EPA and done by the National Research Council (NRC report on fluoride in drinking water), fluorides were implicated as a concern for many health related modalities. Because of those concerns, it is now recommended that fluoride should not be given to infants.
The question Scott should have asked is, "Who should know more?" The CDC panel of 30 is made up of mostly known pro-fluoridation dentists. The ADA is a professional organization, organized to give benefits and to protect their members.
Fortunately the blind faith in our government's ability to regulate our safety is dwindling. I do have optimistic faith in our local Water Authority though ... they are all very intelligent individuals, who I believe will go beyond the recommendations made by the CDC and ADA. They will do their due diligence and evaluate the science for themselves and for our community.
Anthony Cipolla DDS
Submitted by Virtual Newsroom