Fluoride Action Network

State Fluoride Database

Read the latest fluoride news from your state; find out if your town is fluoridated, see if any communities have recently rejected fluoridation, learn if your state has a law that mandates fluoridation, and other fluoride-related information.

Louisiana

WATER FLUORIDATION STATUS:

  • PERCENT OF PEOPLE SERVED BY PUBLIC WATER SYSTEMS THAT ARE FLUORIDATED:
    2014:  43.5%
    201243.4%
    200640.4%
    200053.2%
    199255.7%
  • To see if your town is fluoridated, click here.
  • To learn when your town was fluoridated, and which fluoridation chemical it uses, click here.

LATEST NEWS:

  • To see the latest news on fluoride developments in Louisiana, click here.
  • To see an updated list of Louisiana’s professionals calling for an end to fluoridation, click here.

Louisiana’s MANDATORY FLUORIDATION LAW:

  • Louisiana Revised Statutes Annexed § 40:5.11 mandates that all communities serving 5,000 or more customers add fluoride to public drinking water supplies.  Utilities are not required to initiate fluoride programs unless the state identifies sufficient funds to cover the costs.  Residents can opt out of fluoridation through a petition signed by at least 15 percent of registered voters and approval from a majority of voters at the next municipal election.  To learn more about this law, click here.

DATA ON ORAL HEALTH:

  • Undated. Louisiana Statewide Oral Health Coalition. State Plan for 2010-2013. By the Louisiana Statewide Oral Health Coalition.  No mention of dental fluorosis.
  • 2010. Oral Health in Louisiana. A document on the oral health status of Louisiana’s population. By Rishu Garg, Oral Health Program Epidemiologist/Evaluator. Department of Health and Hospitals, Oral Health Program. July. The creation of this document was made possible with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Oral Health by Cooperative Agreement DP08 – 802.
    Enamel Fluorosis Mentioned: Fluoride supplements (page 34): “It is recommended that the risk of tooth decay should be weighted before issuing a prescription for these supplements in children younger than 6 years of age because these supplements also increase the risk of enamel fluorosis.” Fluoride mouth rinse (page 34)”Children under 6 years old are not recommended to use it without the prescription of a dentist because of the risk of enamel fluorosis as they tend to swallow it more often than adults.”
    Fluoride gel and foam (page 34): “These are usually applied in dental offices and pose less of a threat for fluorosis in children younger than six because of the big intervals in between the applications… Fluoride varnish has a fluoride concentration of 22,600 ppm…”
  • 2011. Bright Smiles for Bright Futures. Basic Screening Survey. By Rishu Garg, MD, MPH, A Report of the Oral Health Status of Louisiana’s Third Grade Children.  No mention of dental fluorosis.

Louisiana’s fluoridation advisory board

The 14-member board helps water systems with at least 5,000 customers obtain funding for fluoridation of its system.
As of January 2013 :

Ballard, Richard W., D.D.S.
Mandeville, LA 70448

Brasher, Richard R., D.D.S.
Alexandria, LA 71301-3451

Buras, Floyd A., M. D.
Metairie, LA 70002

Catchings, Susan “Sue”
St. Francisville, LA 70775

Catchings, Susan “Sue”
St. Francisville, LA 70775

Catchings, Susan “Sue”
St. Francisville, LA 70775

Cosse, Christopher C., DDS
Shreveport, LA 71105

Credeur, Patrick “Pat”, Jr.
Kinder, LA 70648

Farrar, Suzanne K
New Orleans, LA 70119

Foy, Charles B., D.D.S.
Madisonville, LA 70447-0010

Gremillion, Henry A., D.D.S.
New Orleans, LA 70119

Grimball, Roger G., Jr.,D.D.S.
Sulphur, LA 70663-5102

Little, John T., D.D.S.
Winnsboro, LA 71295-5426

Richard, Cyril “CJ”, Jr., DDS
Walker, LA 70785

Taylor, John F., D.D.S.
Crowley, LA 70526

FAN’S STATE COORDINATOR IN Louisiana:

If you live in LA and want to get the fluoride out of your water contact Vic Hummert, FAN’s Louisiana state coordinator.

Louisiana COMMUNITIES THAT HAVE REJECTED FLUORIDATION:

Community Population Date
 Welsh 3,500 October 4, 2011
 Monroe 51,200 February 26, 2002

LOUISIANA WATER SYSTEMS WITH HIGH FLUORIDE LEVELS:

Water System County Population Size Fluoride Level (ppm)
Cheneyville Rapides 1,060 1.6
Converse Sabine 459 2.0
Evergreen Avoyelles 2,320 2.1
Fifth Ward WS Avoyelles 5,232 1.8
Kinder Allen 2,665 2.3
Krotz Springs WS St Landry 460 1.6
Mamou Evangeline 3,248 2.9
Mill Road Apts WS De Soto 35 2.8
Noble Sabine 396 2.4
Pearl Plantation Townhouse St. Tammany 45 1.6
Plain Dealing Bossier 1,920 1.5
Rapides Island WS Rapides 5,200 1.9
Reddell Vidrine WS Evangeline 2,000 2.0
Shady Lane Trailer Park St Tammany 80 1.5
Stanley WS De Soto 400 3.8
Turkey Creek Evangeline 6,000 1.7
Woodworth Rapides 1,076 2.1
Information from CDC’s Fluoridation Census published in 1993.

FLUORIDE POLLUTION SOURCES IN LOUISIANA:

In 2008, Louisiana ranked #25 out of 48 states for Hydrogen Fluoride releases (710,386 pounds) into the environment. The following data comes from EPA’s Toxic Release Inventory (TRI). “Total releases” includes both water and air pollution. It’s important to note, however, that not all industries or sources that release fluoride into the environment are included in the TRI.

2008 Releases
(in pounds)
Type of Industry Name of Industry
290,000 Coal-fired power plant BIG CAJUN 2. 10431 CAJUN 2 RD (HWY 981), NEW ROADS, Louisiana 70760 (POINTE COUPEE)
160,070 Coal-fired power plant ENTERGY ROY S NELSON PLANT. 3500 HOUSTON RIVER RD, WESTLAKE, Louisiana 70669 (CALCASIEU)
96,210 Petroleum LAKE CHARLES CARBON CO. 3943 GRANGER RD, LAKE CHARLES, Louisiana 70605 (CALCASIEU)
48,898 Chemicals HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC. GEISMAR PLANT. 5525 HWY 3115, CARVILLE, Louisiana 70721 (ASCENSION)
39,094 Coal-fired power plant RODEMACHER POWER STATION. 275 RODEMACHER RD, LENA, Louisiana 71447 (RAPIDES)
32,547 Coal-fired power plant DOLET HILLS POWER STATION. 963 POWER PLANT RD, MANSFIELD, Louisiana 71052 (DE SOTO)
14,605 Chemicals HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC – BATON ROUGE PLANT. CORNER OF LUPINE & ONTARIO STR EETS, BATON ROUGE, Louisiana 70805 (EAST BATON ROUGE)
12,000 Chemicals RUBICON LLC. 9156 HWY 75, GEISMAR, Louisiana 70734 (ASCENSION)
8,550 Chemicals MOSAIC FERTILIZER LLC UNCLE SAM PLANT. HWY 44 E BANK RIVER RD, UNCLE SAM, Louisiana 70792 (ST JAMES)
2,259 Chemicals MARATHON PETROLEUM CORP GARYVILLE. HWY 61 AT MARATHON AVENUE, GARYVILLE, Louisiana 70051 (ST JOHN THE BAPTIST)
1,855 Chemicals INEOS FLUOR AMERICAS LLC. 4990B ICI RD, SAINT GABRIEL, Louisiana 70776 (IBERVILLE)
1,764 Chemicals PCS NITROGEN FERTILIZER LP. HWY 3115 & HWY 30, GEISMAR, Louisiana 70734 (ASCENSION)
840 Chemicals SASOL NORTH AMERICA INC LAKE CHARLES CHEMICAL COMPLEX. 2201 OLD SPANISH TRAIL, WESTLAKE, Louisiana 70669 (CALCASIEU)
795 Petroleum PLACID REFINING CO LLC. 1940 LOUISIANA HWY 1, N, PORT ALLEN, Louisiana 70767 (WEST BATON ROUGE)
750 Petroleum MURPHY OIL USA INC MERAUX REFINERY. 2500 E ST BERNARD HWY, MERAUX, Louisiana 70075 (ST BERNARD)
123 Primary Metals HAYNES INTERNATIONAL INC. 3786 SECOND ST, ARCADIA, Louisiana 71001 (BIENVILLE)
15 Petroleum CHALMETTE REFINING LLC. 500 W ST BERNARD HWY, CHALMETTE, Louisiana 70043 (ST BERNARD)
11 Chemicals RHODIA INC. 1275 AIRLINE HWY, BATON ROUGE, Louisiana 70805 (EAST BATON ROUGE)

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