Does Fluoridated Water Scare You?
Have you ever seen a child with rampant tooth decay? That’s a child who is suffering. That’s a child who can’t concentrate in school, can’t eat well, who won’t thrive. That’s a child whose chances for a better life are already limited, just because he or she has bad teeth. Why is fluoride in public water systems so controversial if it’s already done so much good? How can a process that’s been around for decades and has proven results continue to garner distrust? Maybe it’s our general lack of trust in our government. Maybe there’s a connection between our elected officials’ dismal approval ratings and the public’s concern over a chemical added to the majority of the country’s public water supply. Not so outlandish once you think about it. The fact of the matter is – fluoridated water has prevented countless cases of cavities and needless suffering in children. Water fluoridation has been endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Surgeon General, the American Dental Association, and the medical establishment as a whole. Thankfully, our elected officials in Arkansas see the value in fluoridating our water supplies and passed Act 197 last year to require water systems serving over 5,000 or more people to fluoridate their water using non taxpayer dollars. Delta Dental of Arkansas believes this is definitely a move in the right direction, and we have committed to cover these upfront equipment costs in an effort to improve the oral health of Arkansans. While this is an ongoing effort, we will probably end up spending upwards of $2 million for this project. However, this is not a done deal. Fluoride is still a very controversial issue and many people feel cynical about our elected officials. But, don’t let it limit our children’s futures. Keep fluoride in your county’s water supply. Our children are counting on us.