Our Stance on Water Fluoridation

June 28, 2013

drinking waterSince the late 1960s, the state of Connecticut has fluoridated its public water supply. Why? Fluoridation is the single most effective public health measure to prevent tooth decay.  Water fluoridation helps prevent dental disease. It is the most efficient way to prevent one of the most common childhood diseases – dental decay. It is both safe, and effective. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), community water fluoridation is one of the 10 greatest public health achievements of the 20th century.

One senator decided to re-open the question about water fluoridation during this past legislative session. Senator Joe Markeley (R-Southington) introduced legislation to make water fluoridation a municipal-level, as opposed to state-level, decision. This bill died.

This past week, Sen. Markeley held an informational hearing in Hartford to educate himself and the public about water fluoridation. He also invited controversial anti-fluoridation speaker, Paul Connett of the Fluoride Action Network. Connett is against all water fluoridation, and claims it causes more harm than good.

Dental associations in Connecticut were invited to participate in this hearing, but declined to attend. Instead, the Connecticut Coalition for Oral Health wrote and sent a letter to Sen. Markeley to provide facts in support of water fluoridation as a public health measure to prevent tooth decay. The Connecticut State Dental Association (CSDA), the Connecticut Health Foundation (CT Health) and others in the coalition all signed the letter.

Here is the letter:

Letter from the Connecticut Coalition for Oral Health to CT State Senator Markeley by CTHealth

CT Health also did not attend, but we welcome the opportunity to share with Sen. Markey and the public information  about the safety and efficacy of water fluoridation (see letter). Additionally, the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) has published a fact sheet about water fluoridation here.


Photo by Flickr user darwinbell used under the Creative Commons license.



3 Responses to Our Stance on Water Fluoridation

  1. Paul Connett says:

    Once again in both this article and the letter it cites, we see pro-fluoridation believers cite the CDC’s infamous 1999 quote, “Fluoridation is one of the great public health achievements of the twentieth century.” It is embarrassing to see how people all over the world cite this statement without realizing how poorly researched the article was that underpins it. It was written by two people, one a dentist who had never published anything on fluoridation before, and the other an economist. It was not externally peer-reviewed. It was six years out of date on the studies cited on safety and the graph they produce to demonstrate that fluoridation was the cause for the reduction in tooth decay in 12-year-olds can easily be refuted by observing the same declines or greater in many non-fluoridated countries. These authors should have known that the WHO tracks the same data for many different countries.
    But that is only part of the deception here. The key part is using this quote as if it came from the CDC as a whole (20,000 employees) when in fact it emanates from the Oral Health Division. This division is about 30 people strong, most of whom have only dental qualifications. Its mission is to promote fluoridation and so this statement is simply a piece of propaganda in support of that mission.
    No wonder none of these dental organizations from Connecticut would take me on in legislative forum. They do not have the science to demonstrate that fluoridation is either safe or effective and so they have to resort to these simplistic propaganda devices. Why should any one give them any credibility if they don’t have the confidence to defend their position in public against qualified opponents.
    But they don’t even have to match their debating skills with mine. My whole case has been made transparent in the book “The Case Against Fluoride” (Connett, Beck and Micklem, Chelsea Green, 2010). They could order a copy from the library and use their combined resources and produce a blow-by-blow scientific response to the arguments we document in 80 pages of references to the primary literature. That wouldn’t be difficult for them to do if the science was on their side. But it isn’t. That is why no fluoridation promoter has been able to do this in two and half years.
    It is time to get dentistry out of the public water supply and back into the dental office. Our dental crisis has nothing to do with a lack of ingested fluoride, but a lot to do with a lack of early dental care.
    Instead of propaganda these CT dental organizations should encourage dentists to treat children on Medicaid. Over 80% do not.

    Paul Connett, PhD
    Director of the Fluoride Action Network,

  2. Anonymous says:

    The bottom line is that nobody should be forced to receive a medication through their water supply or any other means. What could be more un-American than forced medication? The U.S. government and the state of Connecticut have no right to tell anyone what medications to take or what decisions each person should make about his or her own private health. If somebody wants to consume an incredibly controversial chemical like fluoride, that should be between them and their doctor or dentist, NOT something that is imposed on everyone.

    Water fluoridation is banned in almost all of Europe, and it was just made illegal in Israel. It was recently banned in the major U.S. city of Portland, Oregon, which has helped spark a renewed debate on the issue in communities across the nation. Obviously there is a reason for the growing opposition, aside from the fact that forced fluoridation is a violation of basic human rights.

    It’s time for the state of Connecticut to wake up, and I applaud Senator Joe Markeley for his efforts. For anyone who is interested in finding out more about fluoridation, I highly recommend the documentary THE GREAT CULLING: OUR WATER, which can be viewed for free on YouTube.

  3. Deborah coan says:

    If Connecticut has mandatory fluoride for are constituents they should make fluoride filter is available free to anyone who wants them. I don’t understand why they feel they have to force medication on this. The question is why are they feeding as well Prozac? Some endocrinologist don’t even know that fluoride is the meaning gredients in serotonin reuptake inhibitors like Prozac this is unconscionable that our government would impose such regulations

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