Letter: Yorktown Should Continue Fluoridating Its Water

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Letter to the Editor:

On Jan. 22, at 7:30 p.m., the Yorktown Town Board will hold an information hearing on whether the town should continue its current practice of fluoridating its drinking water supply, something the town has been doing since 1965 without any controversy and without any problems to the public.

To date, 55 Yorktown dentists and pediatricians have communicated their support for fluoridation to the Town Board. From a public health perspective, continuing fluoridation is a win-win for our residents with stronger teeth and bones, less cavities and saving residents money overall. 

After 65 years of research involving thousands of studies published in respected scientific journals, the full weight of evidence indicates that fluoridation, when used at levels known to promote oral health, is effective in reducing dental decay and is safe.

These rigorous scientific studies have been conducted and peer reviewed by experts in the fields of oral health, medicine, biophysics, chemistry, toxicological pathology, and epidemiology.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has called fluoridation one of the “great public health achievements of the 20th century.”  

Here are just some of the facts

  • As of 2010, 74 percent of the U.S. population received fluoridated drinking water.
  • 42 of the largest 50 cities in the US, including New York City, fluoridate their water supply.
  • Much of Westchester County fluoridates its water supply.
  • Studies have shown that fluoridation reduces tooth decay by 20 to 40 percent.
  • Fluoridation provides benefits to all age groups, including older adults.
  • Fluoride in toothpaste does not provide full protection against decay; fluoride in water builds on what’s in toothpaste.
  • Fluoridation offers the greatest return-on-investment of any public health strategy and provides savings to both governments and citizens.
  • In most cities, every $1 invested in fluoridation saves $38 in unnecessary dental treatment costs.
  • Fewer cavities reduce Medicaid costs, paid for by all county and state taxpayers.
  • Fewer cavities reduce out-of-pocket dental bills, especially for individuals and families without dental insurance and senior citizens on fixed incomes.
  • Adding fluoride to a public water supply costs taxpayers much less than having to pay for doctor prescribed fluoride supplements.

More information about the benefits and safety of fluoridation will be presented at the hearing. I hope you’ll be able to attend.

For more information, visit



Carl H. Tegtmeier, D.M.D.

Chairman, Dental Health Planning & Hospital Dentistry Committee, Ninth District Dental Association.

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The proof of the pudding is in the eating, as they say.

Many of the U.S. states with the longest fluoridation, many over 50 years, have by far the worst teeth. How is that possible if fluoride protects teeth?

Consider the following:
Kentucky, which has been 100% fluoridated for over 40 years. Government records show that Kentucky leads the nation in the number of dental cavities in children, and in the number of completely toothless adults.

The same ineffectiveness is evident in many states and cities, such as West Virginia, Washington D.C., Boston, Detroit, etc.

Fluoridated Chicago 3rd graders tooth decay rates increased from 59% to 63% in recent years. (2004 – 2009) and their untreated tooth decay went from 32% to 36%.

West Virginia is 92% fluoridated for many years and comes near last place in the nation with 38% toothless.

But look at Hawaii:
with the lowest fluoridation rate (9%), Hawaii has the lowest rate of toothless residents in the US (10%).

This shows the absolute ineffectiveness of fluoridation.

ATTENTION YORKTOWN RESIDENTS: Please be aware that all media items posted on the fluoridation subject will be flooded with comments from extremist anti-fluoridation groups that distort the truth and try to scare the public. Please be aware that there are reliable websites for you to review that contain peer reviewed, evidence based scientific information. These include:

Fluoride Science http://www.fluoridescience.org/

I Like My Teeth http://www.ilikemyteeth.org/

American Dental Association http://www.ada.org/fluoride.aspx

US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention http://www.cdc.gov/fluoridation/

For 65 years, community water fluoridation has been a safe and healthy way to effectively prevent tooth decay. CDC has recognized water fluoridation as one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century.

Dr. Tegtmeier,
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

Only 5% of the world uses fluoridation because many large studies show fluoridation is totally ineffective in improving tooth decay and is dangerous to health (See fluoridealert.org). Only eight countries in the world actually fluoridate tap water. The citizens of these countries also have the distinction of having the highest rates of arthritis and thyroid disease, both side effects of excessive ingestion of fluoride.

The World Health Organization studied 16 countries and showed fluoride is of no value for teeth. Europe has rejected it and is 98% fluoride free. Also India, Japan, China and most countries now reject it. Interestingly, despite the fact that the vast majority of western Europe does not fluoridate its water, Europe’s tooth decay rates are as low – if not lower – than the tooth decay rates in the heavily fluoridated United States or New Zealand.

The best scientific information on fluoridation can be found in Dr. Paul Connett's recently published book, "The Case Against Fluoride." It contains over 1200 studies (80 pages) and sound scientific reasoning showing the ineffectiveness and dangers to health from fluoride. The scientific evidence presented shows that it causes cancer, thyroid & pineal gland damage, broken hips from brittle bones, lowered IQ, kidney disease, arthritis and other serious health problems.

Fluoridation Opposition is Scientific, Respectable & Growing

More than 4,293 professionals (including 343 dentists and 538 MD’s) urge that fluoridation be stopped citing scientific evidence that ingesting fluoride is ineffective at reducing tooth decay and has serious health risks. See statement: http://www.fluoridealert.org/researchers/professionals-statement/text/

Dr. Yolanda Whyte, a primary care pediatrician, explains why she no longer supports water fluoridation. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6iu9HzaVbWQ

Dentist Bill Osmunson explains why he no longer supports fluoridation

In 2006, a National Research Council expert panel published a fluoride report which revealed that fluoride, even at low doses added to water supplies, can be especially harmful to the thyroid gland, kidney patients, babies, seniors and people who drink high amounts of water. They also revealed critical fluoride safety studies have never been done and studies linking fluoride to cancer and lower IQ are plausible.

Thirty-four human studies now link fluoride to lowered IQ, some at levels considered safe in the US. See: http://www.fluoridealert.org/articles/iq-facts/

After 67 years of water fluoridation, the Centers for Disease Control reports that up to 60% of 12-15 year-olds are affected with fluoride overdose symptoms – dental fluorosis, white spotted, yellow, brown and/or pitted teeth. Yet, the CDC says More young kids face cavity crisis in US

Tooth decay crises are occurring in all fluoridated cities, states and countries because Americans can’t afford dental care. New dental professionals are being created. New dental schools opened and others are planned, according to the American Dental Association.

Emergency rooms are flooded with people in dental pain, costing taxpayers millions of dollars, because 80% of dentists refuse Medicaid patients, 130 million Americans don’t have dental insurance. Many of those that do have insurance can’t afford dentistry’s high out-of-pocket costs. No American is or ever was fluoride-deficient. Too many are dentist-deficient.

New York State communities which have already stopped or rejected fluoridation include: Suffolk, Nassau & Rockland counties, Albany, Elba, Naples, Levittown, Canton, Corning, Johnstown, Oneida, Carle Place, Beacon, Poughkeepsie, Riverhead, Central Bridge Water District, Homer, Ithaca, Rouses Point, Romulus and Amsterdam.

The CDC reports that 225 less communities adjusted for fluoride between 2006 and 2008. Over 100 US and Canadian communities rejected fluoridation since 2008; many in 2012.

This election day, fluoridation was defeated 60% to 40% in a Wichita, Kansas.

In 2012, 33,000 Portland, Oregon petition-signers halted the ill-advised fluoridation mandate by the Portland City Commission to require a vote of the people.

Most of Western Europe and major world cities do not fluoridate the water. Yet tooth decay rates are similar.

According to NYS Department of Health studies, highly fluoridated NYS counties do not have less tooth decay than more fluoridated NYS counties. See chart: http://www.freewebs.com/fluoridation/chart.htm

For more info: http://www.FluorideAction.Net

Evidence that fluoridation has failed in NYS http://www.freewebs.com/fluoridation/fluoridationfailsnewyork.htm