Fluoridation in Watertown, New York
Watertown, NY (population: 27,000) lies about 70 miles north of Syracuse, and officials there have heard from a handful of people who want them to end water fluoridation. On Sunday, the Watertown Daily Times wrote an excellent editorial titled “Keep Fluoride.” In the editorial, the newspaper wrote:
Monday’s City Council meeting will finally present a forum for a fair hearing on whether the city should continue its near 50-year practice of adding fluoride to the water supply.
… The role of the (local) Dental Society is significant. The Dental Society rises above the selfish desire to earn fees from treating tooth decay because of its commitment to healthy patients. Dentists are the most knowledgeable people in society about oral hygiene and have devoted generations of expert medical practice to the prevention of decay. And they stand by their remarkable commitment to healthy teeth.
… The City Council and the three other candidates seeking open seats should listen carefully Monday night to the experts. The last thing Watertown needs is a reprise of the worldwide scorn that followed the council’s decision to regulate who could live in your home.
Protecting the teeth of youngsters has been an admirable and successful function of city government for more than 50 years. To reverse direction is irresponsible and sentences the next generation of children to a high incidence of tooth decay.