Fluoride in community water supply

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Denise Resen

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  • More than 3100 professionals (including over 280 dentists) urge the US Congress to stop water fluoridation citing scientific evidence that fluoridation, long promoted to fight tooth decay, is ineffective and has serious health risks. See statement: http://www.fluorideaction.org/statement.august.2007.html

    Also, eleven Environmental Protection Agency employee unions representing over 7000 environmental and public health professionals called for a moratorium on drinking water fluoridation programs across the country, and have asked EPA management to recognize fluoride as posing a serious risk of causing cancer in people. (b)

    Approximately, 80 US communities rejected fluoridation since 2008. The CDC reports that 225 less communities adjusted for fluoride between 2006 and 2008.
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  • Cause: Low income families, lack of access to dental care, no access to fluoride or no fluoride in the community water supply.
  • Cause
  • WHO-World Health Organization-solution is to fluoridate the water. Inexpensive and reaches the low-income family.
  • WHO
  • Visit a Farm Workers dental clinic or free clinic for just 1 day to see the suffering before declining to add fluoride to the water supply.
  • Fluoride in community water supply

    1. 1. Fluoridation via Community Water Supply Persuasive Speech By Denise Resen
    2. 2. Oral Health Problems • Oral health often taken for granted • Essential part of our everyday lives • Good oral health enhances – Ability to speak – Smile – Smell – Taste – Touch – Chew – Swallow
    3. 3. Volunteer Work • I have worked in the dental field since the early 70’s • I have volunteered on a yearly basis in dental clinics for the lower-income families • Six-year molars and twelve year molars have generalized deep dental decay needing root canals • Children are in pain and suffer until they can get treatment
    4. 4. Fluoride Applications • I have placed fluoride in the oral cavity on a daily basis; for all ages • In 38 years of utilizing fluoride, have never seen any adverse reactions; but a reduced incidence of dental decay
    5. 5. Problems-Cause-Solution • Dental decay affects more children today than any other infectious disease • Low-income families have no dental insurance and lack the funds to seek dental treatment • Community water supply needs fluoride added to bring levels to an optimum level to fight dental decay
    6. 6. Tooth Decay • Common problem • Causing pain and disability for millions of American children each year • Tooth decay affects children more than any other chronic infectious disease • Untreated cavities cause pain, dysfunction, school absences. • Difficulty speaking, playing, learning, concentrating, eating • These problems greatly affect the child’s quality of life
    7. 7. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Lower-Income Families • Do not receive timely preventative treatment to prevent tooth decay • Tooth decay affects more than one-fourth of US children aged 2-5; Half of those aged 12-18 • Two-thirds of these children are from low-income families • More than 51 million school hours are lost each year because of dental decay/related illness
    8. 8. According to the CDC Lower-Income Families • Children and adolescents of some racial and ethnic groups and those from lower-income families have more untreated decay. • 40% of Mexican-American children aged 6-8 have untreated decay compared with 25% of non-Hispanic whites. • 20% of all adolescents aged 12-18 years currently have untreated tooth decay
    9. 9. According to WHO Most Oral Diseases Are Preventable • Fluoridation is a simple measure that has been proven to be effective in preventing oral diseases • Fluoridation reduces dental care costs • Fluoridated community water is the most cost effective way to combat dental decay
    10. 10. Community Water Fluoridation • Reduces rate of tooth decay by 40% • Cost effective, CDC study reveals: – For every dollar invested in community water fluoridation approximately $38 is saved in avoided costs for dental treatment – Average cost for one filling is $75; the approximate cost of providing fluoridation to an individual for a life time – Cost to fluoridate water is less than a dollar per person; per year
    11. 11. Community Water Fluoridation • Health benefits: – Fewer cavities and less severe cavities – Less need for fillings and tooth extractions – Less pain and suffering associated with tooth decay – Better self-esteem from teeth that work well and look good – Great impact on the lower-income families that cannot afford to seek dental care
    12. 12. Safety of Fluoridation • Extensive research over the past 60 years shows that fluoridation of public water supplies is safe and effective for all community residents • Overall value and safety of community water fluoridation has been endorsed by – CDC – US Surgeon General – American Dental Association (ADA) – American Medical Association (AMA) – American Association of Public Health – US public Health Service – World Health Organization (WHO)
    13. 13. CDC and ADA Statement • CDC has recognized the fluoridation of drinking water to prevent dental decay as one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century. Over the past 60 years, optimal fluoridation of community drinking water has been a major factor for the decline in rates of tooth decay. • Since 1950, the ADA has unreservedly endorsed the fluoridation of community water supplies as safe, effective, and necessary in preventing tooth decay
    14. 14. U.S. Surgeon General Statement • “Community water fluoridation continues to be the most cost-effective, equitable and safe means to provide protection from tooth decay in a community. A person’s income level or ability to receive routine dental care is not a barrier to receiving fluoridation’s health benefits. Water fluoridation is a powerful strategy in our efforts to eliminate differences in health among people and is consistent with my emphasis on the importance of prevention.” Vice Admiral Richard Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.S., 2002-2006
    15. 15. Community Water Fluoridation • Lower-Income families have ease of access • Individuals that choose not to drink fluoridated water can buy bottled water • Public Organizations have deemed fluoridated water safe and affective for all individuals • Cost effective • Will reduce State Paid dental expenses (our tax dollars)
    16. 16. References • http://www.rdhmag.com • www.cdc.gov/fluoridation • http://www.ada.org • www.agd.org • www.dimensionsofdentalhygiene.com • Pollick, H., 2006. Fighting tooth decay with fluoride. Dimensions of Dental Hygiene, February 2006; 4(2):22-23

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