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Supervisors to Spend Over $100,000 on Fluoridation Study

Opponents object to what they call "forced, mass medication."

By Bay City News Service

Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Tuesday evening voted unanimously to spend $103,000 on an engineering and design report for fluoridation of the Sonoma County Water Agency's drinking water supply.

In Sonoma County, only Healdsburg and the Fitch Mountain area have fluoridated water.

The proposal to fluoridate the water is one of five approaches to improve the dental health of the county's residents, especially low-income children and seniors. The other preventative measures include providing dental sealants for school-age children, varnishes in childhood, expanding access to dental care and education about brushing, flossing and eating a healthy diet.

A 2009 oral health assessment in the county found a crisis in untreated tooth decay and dental disease.

The fluoridated water would be received by 350,000 residents in Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park, Windsor, Sonoma, Petaluma, Cotati, Forestville, the Valley of the Moon and 50,000 Novato area residents in the Novato area.

The cost of upgrading the county's water system to provide fluoridated water is estimated at $8.5 million, and the annual maintenance is estimated at $1 million.

The vote came after a four-hour hearing during which 63 people spoke in favor and against fluoridation. Opponents of fluoridation objected to what they called "forced, mass medication." They cited studies that claimed fluoride in water caused osteoporosis, cancer, thyroid disease, lower levels of intelligence in children, hip fractures in the elderly, stained and pitted teeth, and endocrine disruption.

They said sugars, processed foods, poor nutrition and soda are rotting children's teeth, and children will not benefit from fluoridated water because they drink either soda or bottled water.

"This is like using a sledge hammer to do surgery," one critic said.

Critics said the money would be better spent on education and providing dental care and dental clinics. Doctors, dentists and others health care providers said 70 percent of the country's population has fluoride in its water.

A final vote on fluoridation is not expected until 2014.

TELL US: What do you think about the possibiity of fluoride in the county's drinking water system?

richard vandenbrul February 28, 2013 at 10:55 PM
The whole issue of fluoridation has floored me. I grew up in Rochester New York where the water contains fluoride. That was 67 years ago. We had few cavities as a result of fluoridation: whose benefits for teeth have been known for many years. Looking at fluoridation in 2013 is like asking if the polio vaccine works!
Dee Baucher February 28, 2013 at 11:23 PM
Fluoride is known to reduce cavities. It can be prescribed (by dentists or pediatricians) for individuals who require it. Unfortunately, fluoride has also been incriminated in some health conditions (including increased cancer incidence) - and so fluoridated water remains controversial. Since the proposed fluoridation is costly and remains at least somewhat controversial, it seems more appropriate to prescribe fluoride (a very inexpensive Rx) for children and others when needed. Fluoridation is not like the polio vaccine; dental decay doesn't need to be eradicated because we have other effective ways to treat it, including individual fluoride use.
Aaron March 02, 2013 at 05:51 AM
That 100K could have fed a lot of hungry people. Flouride is contained in most toothpastes, can't we just leave it at that? The board of supervisors should take high does of flouride shots for one year, this way we can study the effects of flouride on their teeth and brains.
jafox March 02, 2013 at 11:03 AM
evil.pure and evil, these IDIOTS and these nazi gestapo ''supervisors'' running their minions and this massive scam they have them plugged into. not only is it bad enough they put crap in the water they use for pools and now they waste our money to fund a completely insipid pointless and wasteful amount of money on some manufactured study when everyone with a brain in their head opposes this insiduous evil intent thats happening right before our very eyes. how dare these sub humans still breathe the same air as the rest of us do. if parents are becoming too stupid to educate their kids they are supposed to be doing this with from the beggining on brushing their dumb teeth, then perhaps fluoride isnt really the answer,hm. that- and how utterly, cosmically low is it for these criminals to suggest they are able to be in every home every minute of every second of every day,opening kids mouths and then teleporting back at super speed to those high chairs in that room or where ever the hell it is, lording it over everyone else to ''report'' something going with the mass of kids in america and the world- these ''supervisors'' are so clueless about whats really going on that they cant even take care of their health enough to stop from shriveing up and aging with every breathe they take- let alone the ''danger'' of kids teeth everywhere, kids who would do a better job than these clowns if we would work together to run these scum out into the hills.
Kathy Cia White March 24, 2013 at 03:46 AM
Fluoride is pure poison to your body. They are only targeting a small portion of the population......it is medication without informed consent. Purely unethical! We should have the choice whether we want to use fluoride or not. Can we see the reports that show that there is a "dental emergency?"

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