Fluoride Action Network

Academy of General Dentistry: Help Support Fluoridation in New Hampshire!

Source: Academy of General Dentistry | March 20th, 2019

New Hampshire AGD members,

We urgently need your help to defeat HB 192. The bill seeks to ban community water fluoridation throughout New Hampshire, and was approved by a House committee recently, and may be headed for a floor vote very soon.

Please follow the link below to easily send a pre-written letter to your Representative, urging them to vote against this dangerous measure. This simple action will only take a few moments of your time, and will go a long way towards our efforts to stop HB 192!

The benefits of community water fluoridation have long been documented by scientific and public health organizations in the US and internationally, and the AGD has long supported it as a key measure towards promoting oral health.

Again, we urgently need your help advocating against this bill! Please follow the link below to take action now!

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Subject: Please Support Fluoridation and Vote Against HB 192

Message Body:

On behalf of the New Hampshire Academy of General Dentistry (NH AGD) and its 175 general dentist members, I am writing to ask that you vote NO should HB 192 come to the floor for a vote. The bill seeks to ban community water fluoridation throughout New Hampshire. The NH AGD has long been committed to the practice of community water fluoridation as a safe, practical, and cost-effective means of improving oral health and preventing tooth decay.

Regarding the use of fluoride in water supplies, AGD policy states:

When used appropriately, fluoride is safe and effective in preventing and controlling dental caries. Regular use throughout life will help protect teeth against decay. All water supplies, including bottled water, should have appropriate fluoride levels. All fluoridated items, including toothpaste, should be used as recommended by your dentist.

The safety and benefits of fluoride are well documented and have been reviewed comprehensively by scientific and public health organizations in the U.S. and internationally. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), water fluoridation has been shown to reduce tooth decay in children and adults by approximately 25 percent. Based on its contribution to the dramatic decline in tooth decay in the U.S. since the 1960s, the CDC named community water fluoridation one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century.

The NH AGD, along with the New Hampshire Dental Society (NHDS) and Delta Dental Plan of New Hampshire, Inc, (DDPNH) among many other dental and public health organizations, has worked to promote among the public an approach to dental care that emphasizes prevention of dental disease. Accordingly, community water fluoridation is the most efficient and cost-effective public health measure in preventing dental disease, and has been proven to result in cost-savings for taxpayers. Studies carried out by the CDC show that for cities with a population under 20,000, every $1 invested in water fluoridation results in $16 savings in dental treatment costs.

As a policymaker, the most effective measure you can take to prevent tooth decay and improve oral health for the residents of New Hampshire is to support community water fluoridation. Again, I respectfully ask that you vote against HB 192.

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