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RBC I In April you will be asked to vote to continue one of the most successful disease-fighting programs this country has ever experienced. Please VOTE YES on Exhibit A. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral in soil, it is truly “organic.” The Rangely water treatment plant has updated equipment (installed in the recent remodeling project) to safely add the small amount of fluoride to our water supply necessary to battle the number one most prevalent childhood disease ages 6-19 years old. The Town of Rangely’s water plant currently houses a 30-year supply of fluoride. Therefore, taxpayers will experience no further cost/expense to have this safe mineral added to our water, allowing our most precious commodity, our children, to have a fighting chance to combat dental disease.
As far as the other unsubstantiated “claims,” fear tactics, and other misleading information out in the cyber world, include words like, “may, possibly, perhaps, maybe, or it is believed to…” to state their opinions as facts. The only scientifically evidenced-based studies that show adverse effects of fluoride are when the mineral is at harmful levels well above the regulated .7ppm. Any element, nutrient, or other naturally occurring substance will cause health issues when ingested at toxic levels. Even inhaling pure oxygen is deadly.
The American Dental Association says water fluoridation is a benefit here are few of their facts:
• From 2000 to 2004, 125 communities in 36 states of the U.S. voted to adopt fluoridation.
• In the right amounts, fluoride helps prevent dental decay.
• It is similar to adding vitamins to foods.
• Using fluoride in water to protect teeth reduces the need for costly dental procedures.
• Over 100 national and international health and other organizations recognize the benefits of added fluoride.
I encourage you to go to any of the legitimate organizations listed below to seek out accurate, evidence-based information on the benefits of water fluoridation.
AAFP=American Academy of Family Physicians (https://www.aafp.org/home.html)
AAP= American Academy of Periodontology (https://www.perio.org/)
AADR=American Association for Dental Research (https://www.iadr.org/AADR)
ADA=American Dental Association (https://www.ada.org/)
ADHA=American Dental Hygiene Association (https://www.adha.org/)
CDC=Center for Disease Control (https://www.cdc.gov/)
NAM=National Academy of Medicine (https://nam.edu/)
WHO=World Health Organization (https://www.who.int/)
U.S. Surgeon General (https://www.hhs.gov/surgeongeneral/index.html)
American Heart Association (https://www.heart.org/)
American Dietetic Association (https://www.diet.com/g/american-dietetic-association)
American Academy of Pedodontics (https://www.aapd.org/)
US Public Health Services (https://usphs.gov/)
American Public Health Association (https://www.apha.org/)
American Medical Association (https://www.ama-assn.org/)
American Academy of Pediatrics (https://www.aap.org/)
Below are just a few quick links to professional and governmental websites that have accurate information (NOTE: Wikipedia is not regulated or supervised for accuracy, so not one of my references.)
Be an educated voter and support our children’s health.
By JOYCE KEY | RDH, BA-edRangely