A public hearing on how to fund street maintenance and a discussion on fluoride top The Dalles City Council’s agenda at their Monday, July 8, meeting, starting at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall…
The fluoridation issue comes before the city council as a result of concerns expressed by Robert Boyet of The Dalles during the Feb. 11 council meeting. In response to those concerns, the city decided to provide an opportunity for expanded discussion of the issue.
“It is my belief that fluoride, especially industrial and not pharmaceutical-grade fluoride, is a dangerous toxic chemical, which is unnecessarily added without my consent to my drinking water,” Boyet wrote June 18 in The Chronicle.
The Dalles has been fluoridating its municipal water supply since 1957, when a local service organization purchased the first equipment for the purpose.
“The practice of fluoridation of public water supplies is recommended by US and world health agencies,” wrote Dave Anderson, public works director, in a staff report on the subject. Among those supporting fluoridation are the World Health Organization, the American Medical Association, the U.S. Centers of Disease Control, and the American Dental Association.
“The CDC lists fluoridation of drinking water as one of the ten greatest public health achievements of the 20th century,” Anderson added.
Local dentists have also been quoted as noting a distinct reduction in tooth decay in children in cities with fluoridated water supplies, compared to those without.
Anderson also quoted the U.S. Surgeon General stating that “community water fluoridation continues to be the most cost-effective, equitable and safe means to provide protection from tooth decay in a community” and that “every $1 invested in Fluoridation saves $38 or more in treatment costs.”
Anderson acknowledged that fluoridation remains a controversial topic with opponents citing a possible link between fluoride and cancer.
“However, the American Cancer Society has currently posted information stating that, after review of over 50 population-based studies [and other studies], the general consensus among the reviews done to date is that there is no strong evidence of a link between water fluoridation and cancer,” Anderson wrote.