I hope that the citizens of Yorktown make the right choice. Most if not all children in this town have access to good dental care. They can get topical fluoride treatments and excellent home care instruction. Citizens between the ages of birth-12 months should not be ingesting town water if it is fluoridated View Comment
the main points are: fluoridated water does not have a proven track record of effectiveness and Yorktown citizens under the age of 12 months and over the age of 7 do not benefit from municipal water fluoridation. why would you want to pay more taxes for the unproven benefits of a small segment of your community? View Comment
Bob, if you follow the money in groups like the AMA and ADA, you'll find the answer. Who benefits from water fluoridation? The fertilizer and pesticide companies that supply Hydrofluosilicic acid.
You forgot to mention that both the CDC and ADA do NOT recommend fluoridated water for babies under 12 months of age. How to you propose to alert Yorktown parents about this?
Also you and I both know from our dental school training that municipal water fluoridation only impacts those ages 1 through 7, when adult teeth are being formed in the growing jaw. Therefore, the rest of the Yorktown population is being unnecessarily medicated.
As a fellow dental professional, I'm all for topical fluoride treatments in the dental office, excellent home care instruction and even fluoride toothpaste if patients choose to go that route. Fluoridating municipal water supply for the alleged benefit of a small percentage of the population is unethical and unwise.
We dentists could more effectively decrease tooth decay in kids by launching an educational campaign about the frequent use of soda, sports drinks and juices. It would save parents and tax payers money and would be far more safe!
Susan Rubin, DMD
Hey Bob, I am not a tin foil had conspiracy theorist, I'm a dentist who worked in a successful general practice in Westchester county for over a decade. Early on in my professional life, when patients would come into the office with "crazy info" about fluoridation, I'd smirk and shake my head. After all, I was taught in dental school that fluoridation was safe and effective. It wasn't until my 3rd child was born without thyroid function (congenital hypothyroidism) that I did my homework. My pediatric endocrinologist advised me to steer clear of fluoride because it impacts thyroid levels. When I started to open the books and do the research, I was shocked at the amount of information that was out there about the adverse effects of fluoride.
I understand why most dentists recommend it. In dental school, we all worked hard to do well on exams. They were the key to class rank, and good residencies. We were never encouraged to think critically or question the material we were given. Most dentists have not taken the time to look at reputable websites such as www.fluoridealert.org. I encourage my fellow health professionals to take the time and do so now. And remember, parachutes, books and minds function optimally when open!
Susan Rubin, DMD View Comment
Both the CDC and ADA admit that children below the age of 12 months should not ingest fluoridated water. What are your town's plans to warn the citizens that they should not be using tap water?
The Fluoride Action Network is not an extremist group. Every link is backed my solid science. http://www.fluoridealert.org/
Susan Rubin, DMD View Comment
Please demonstrate even one piece of research that proves your statement of lower tooth decay and higher quality of life. I am a health professional, a dentist in fact. I have yet to see research that supports your statement. View Comment