The Toronto Public Health board is wading into the fluoride debate Monday.
Board members are mulling reaffirming public health’s support of putting fluoride in the city’s water supply..
Toronto’s chief medical officer of health Dr. David McKeown is recommending the board continue to support the city’s decades old practice of fluoridation.
Waterloo, Ont. voted last year to stop adding fluoride to its water supply and earlier this year the city of Calgary also moved to end fluoridation.
The board meeting is still in the process of hearing from almost 20 speakers — most urging them to keep fluoride.
Dr. Arlene King, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health, told the board that “water fluoridation is safe and effective.”
She said Waterloo officials are “putting the oral health of their citizens at risk” by stopping its use of fluoride in the water supply.
Robert Fleming, president of Canadians Opposed to Fluoridation, will also be addressing the board.
Fleming is calling on Toronto to have an open and public hearing on fluoride.
Mayor Rob Ford promised to do that during the election campaign but since taking office has been silent on the issue.