Some folks think fluoride should not be added to the drinking water because it is a poison and I respect their choice to not drink the water. However, the plain truth is that, everything is a poison! It is the concentration that matters. There are those who have died from drinking too much bottled water (not fluoridated)! http://www.nbcnews.com/id/166148.... Some people take Coumadin as a blood thinner, it is a rat poison. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War.... I think we can all now agree that this poison argument is moot.
The benefits of fluoridated water (in the proper concentration) far out ways any perceived or known risks, otherwise no sane person would condone such an act. Most folks are doing far more harm to themselves by drinking excessive soda pops, poor home care habits (both medical and dental) and driving/riding without a seatbelt. Now that we have put the perceived risk of fluoridated water in perspective, the fact remains that those who can least afford dental treatment benefit the most.
Currently, the CDC (center for disease control- some fairly smart doctors, researchers and scientist’s I might add) have on their strategic plan to support the increase in community water fluoridation (currently estimated at 75% of the US population)! Quote from CDC website “For 65 years, community water fluoridation has been a safe and healthy way to effectively prevent tooth decay. CDC has recognized water fluoridation as one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century.”
Kevin McCurry DDS, Master- Academy of General Dentistry
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