Fluoride Action Network

Dentists stand up for fluoridation as voters across the U.S. take up the issue

Source: ADA News (American Dental Association) | December 5th, 2017 | By Michelle Manchir

… The ADA offers resources for dentists who need assistance in helping educate and inform their communities about the benefits of fluoridation. Visit ADA.org/fluoride or email Jane McGinley, manager of fluoridation and preventive health activities at the ADA, at mcginleyj@ADA.org.

Below are summaries of U.S. communities where the issue was undertaken this fall.

Rugby, North Dakota

A group of oral health advocates were responsible in part for a 5-2 Rugby City Council vote that maintained the city’s ordinance mandating water fluoridation.

Dr. Paul Niemi, a dentist in the community for 32 years, collaborated with the North Dakota Dental Society, the state department of health and other local dentists, including Dr. Niemi’s practice partner, Dr. Kathy Santjer…

Port Angeles, Washington

Most voters here rejected a ballot question Nov. 7 that would’ve reintroduced fluoride to the municipal water supply in this city of about 20,000…

Dr. Irwin was one of many local health care professionals and public health advocates who spoke in favor of fluoridation, met with council members to educate them or sent emails or had discussions with patients about it over the past several months, he said, adding that he did not know of any local dentists or physicians who opposed the efforts to fluoridate. The Washington State Dental Association also contributed resources…

Buda, Texas

Voters here Nov. 7 overwhelmingly said no to reintroducing water fluoridation in this suburb of Austin…

Dr. Jonathan Kimes, an orthodontist in Austin and a board member of the Capital Area Dental Society who spoke at a public meeting in Buda about the safety and benefits of fluoridation, said he was unsurprised at the results…

Petersburg, Alaska

Fluoridation will continue in this borough of about 3,000 after 61 percent of voters in October favored fluoridation. In the ballot question that asked whether the borough should prohibit the addition of fluoride to its public water system, 692 said no, while 430 said yes.

“The Alaska Dental Society is glad the Petersburg voters recognized the benefits of community water fluoridation and voted to continue water fluoridation in Petersburg,” said Dr. Dave Logan, director of the Alaska Dental Society.

*Read the full article online at http://www.ada.org/en/publications/ada-news/2017-archive/december/dentists-stand-up-for-fluoridation-as-voters-across-the-us-take-up-the-issue?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter