They may not be scientists, but residents of the Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Wells Water District raise valid issues.

In his Oct. 12 Maine Voices, Joseph R. Kenneally, DMD, is disturbed by people whom a headline writer called “anti-fluoridation activists.”

He’s disturbed that the Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Wells Water District board and superintendent won’t accept the statistics that he and all the other doctors, whose academic credentials make them right, are presenting as fact. He’s also disturbed that people of lesser academic standing, who actually handle the hydrofluosilicic acid that goes into our drinking water, are wrong.

The words “poison” and “toxic” on the labels of the hydrofluosilicic acid that goes into our drinking water aren’t scientific. Supporters of fluoridated water don’t use those words.

The doctor dismissed the weight of the arguments against water fluoridation as the misinformation of a few local residents of the Kennebunks – unspecified misinformation that he compared to the weight of the scientific belief of the members of over 100 medical and health organizations, medical and health experts “trained to the doctoral level,” who absolutely support the ingestion of fluoride by over 200 million Americans.

A few people in the Kennebunks complain about spending a measly $20,000 a year for the miraculous effects of drinking fluoride, a mere drop in the bucket compared to the $100 million to $600 million a year that over 200 million of us pay for the fluoride miracle – money we pay to an industry that would have to pay at least that much for the containment of their toxic waste without the blessings of thousands of medical experts.

Of course, the next time I’m in a dentist’s chair, I’ll be on the wrong side of this argument. I joke, but our dental community is powerful. And I respectfully submit that our dental community has overstepped its bounds on water fluoridation.