From the Front Line

Memories of Tom McCall

March 23, 2013 Fluoride, Oral Health, and Access to Care

Oregon is a state where fluoridation has been a frequent topic of discussion in recent years. It has a very low rate of water fluoridation and some alarmingly high rates of tooth decay among children. If you have never lived in Oregon, you probably have no idea who Tom McCall is. He served… » Read Full Post

An Expert’s Perspective on IQ Scores

March 22, 2013 What the Experts Say about Fluoride

Anti-fluoride activists continue to circulate a set of studies from China and other foreign countries, claiming that fluoride lowers IQ scores in children. Those studies have serious flaws, and they are also countered by a peer-reviewed U.S. study from 2009. Dr Gary Whitford of the Georgia Health Sciences University was a… » Read Full Post

Victory in Scappoose

March 20, 2013 Communities Supporting Fluoride

Portland, Oregon residents will vote this spring on a fluoridation ballot measure. But voters in the town of Scappoose — roughly 30 minutes northwest of Portland — just had their say on this issue, voting by a wide margin in favor of maintaining water fluoridation. The final vote gave supporters about 61% of… » Read Full Post

A Common-Sense Column

March 19, 2013 Fluoride in the News

An editor of The News-Tribune in Tacoma, Washington, has written an excellent column about the savings that result when communities fluoridate their drinking water to the optimal level. Patrick O'Callahan writes: I was in my middle twenties before I knew what a cavity was. My friends had them; I almost… » Read Full Post

Iowa Mayor’s Tone-Deaf Remarks

March 13, 2013 Fluoride in the News

The mayor of Hampton, Iowa (Shawn Dietz), recently attacked community water fluoridation, calling it a "heinous intrusion" on individual rights and calling for an end to the practice. A blog at Esquire magazine shared these thoughts: In other words, George Washington didn’t have teeth, why should you? ... Local dentists have lined… » Read Full Post

A Clear Trend: Yes to Fluoridation

March 8, 2013 Communities Supporting Fluoride

Anti-fluoride groups like to claim that so many communities are deciding to end or not start fluoridation, but look beyond their spin to the national data. Since the year 2000, fluoridation has expanded to reach an additional 42 million Americans. In fact, during the most recent 10-year period, the number of Americans receiving fluoridated water… » Read Full Post

Australian Study Reinforces Fluoridation’s Impact

March 5, 2013 Fluoride in the News

Is fluoridated water a health practice that only benefits children? Some people incorrectly assume this is the case. But a new study from the University of Adelaide in Australia is helping to build the already strong case behind water fluoridation's benefits for adults. The researchers found that adults with a longer exposure to… » Read Full Post