Yorktown Board Holds Flouride Hearing Tuesday Night

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Yorktown will hold an informational hearing Tuesday night to determine if it should keep fluoride in its drinking water. Photo Credit: Jenny Downing / Wikimedia Commons

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Yorktown's Town Board will hold an informational hearing Tuesday night to consider discontinuing the practice of adding fluoride to the drinking water supply.

The topic has sparked passionate responses from many Yorktown residents and garnered attention from anti-fluoride organizations throughout the nation.

In an informal poll posted on The Yorktown Daily Voice, 38 percent of readers voted to continue fluoridation of Yorktown's water, 61 percent opposed the practice and 1 percent had no opinion.

Opponents have argued that fluoridation is costly, ineffective in improving tooth decay and can cause health issues.

"Fluoridation is an illogical and irrational practice, without regard to biological differences among individuals, health, age, weight, intolerances to fluoride, its cumulative effects, its potent enzyme inhibiting effects, total fluoride intake which has risen dramatically over the years, etc.," said Paul Beeber, president of New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation.

Yorktown resident and Mt. Kisco-based dentist Carl Tegtmeier disagreed and said Yorktown has been fluoridating its water 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," Tegtmeier wrote. "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."

The town temporarily discontinued the fluoridation of its water earlier this month for repairs at its Catskill and Amawalk facilities.

Supervisor Michael Grace said the repairs would be significant capital investments, and the town wanted to hear from its residents before moving forward.

"What we’re now balancing is a capital expenditure in replacing equipment and having to deal with environmental regulations," Grace said at the Jan. 8 board meeting. "It’s just balancing resources against what we think is a public health issue."

Tuesday night's hearing will be held during a regular meeting of the Town Board, which begins at 7:30 p.m. at Yorktown Town Hall, 363 Underhill Ave.

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LongTimeYorktowner:

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.

ron.eheman:

"Junk science is opinion that gets quoted from press release and letters to the editor, or half-truths cherry-picked out of context from scientific articles."

The simplest way to dispel with all the "junk science" ? Produce the factual evidence that the National Sanitation Foundation International requires to approve fluoridation chemicals.

The ANSI/NSF Standard 60 will prove the safety of fluorosilicic acid with the following:

, toxicity data to be considered shall include but not be limited to, assays of genetic toxicity, acute toxicity …, short term toxicity …, subchronic toxicity …, reproductive toxicity, developmental toxicity, immunotoxicity, neurotoxicity, chronic toxicity (including carcinogenicity), and human data (clinical, epidemiological, or occupational) when available. To more fully understand the toxic potential of the substance, supplemental studies shall be reviewed, including, but not limited to, mode or mechanism of action, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, sensitization, endocrine disruption, and other endpoints, as well as studies using routes of exposure other than ingestion. Structure activity relationships, physical and chemical properties, and any other chemical specific information relevant to the risk assessment shall also be reviewed. … A weight-of-evidence approach shall be employed in evaluating the results of the available toxicity data. This approach shall include considering the likelihood of hazard to human health and the conditions under which such hazard may be expressed. A minimum data set consisting of a gene mutation assay, chromosomal aberration assay, and a subchronic toxicity study shall be required for the performance of a quantitative risk assessment.

So lets quit quibbling, publish the studies in this paper so that everyone can see for themselves that fluoride is "safe and effective".

drsusan.rubin:

Post menopausal women have been shown to have an increased rate of hip fracture in fluoridated communities

drsusan.rubin:

If you are taking thyroid medication make sure to check with your endocrinologist about fluoride and it's impact on your thyroid situation.

drsusan.rubin:

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

LongTimeYorktowner:

The informal Yorktown Daily Voice poll means nothing. It is worthless. There are no controls on how many times a person can respond, or if they even live in Yorktown. They could be far, far away from Yorktown, and even be members of extremist anti-fluoridation groups at distant locations.

drsusan.rubin:

LongTimeYorktowner, I'm interested as to where you live. Why are you so invested in Yorktown residents paying more for their water?

LongTimeYorktowner:

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.

nyscof:

The Pew Foundation paid a PR company and a lobbyist to teach pro-fluoridationists in Portland Oregon how to fight and win fluoridation using politics and activism and they are given talking points because it was discovered that our posting below these articles made an impact. Ignoring that we are simply telling the truth that most people haven't been told, they organized a posse of individuals (don't know if they or their organizations are subsidized for doing so) Anyway "Billy Bud" and "Peggy Thatcher" are members of that posse and have been sharing their talking points in every place that fluoridation is mentioned since they were mobilized in Portland. Nothing wrong with that, I do that, too.

However, we correct their misinformation repeatedly but they fail to change their cut and paste message which always makes me wonder what's in it for them.

Even if we wanted to believe that for every $1 spent on fluoridation $38 dollars is saved, Peggy and Billy aren't telling you about the hundreds of millions of dollars poured into fluoridation by the Funders Oral Health Policy Group or that the NYS Dep't of Health plans to use Medicaid money to promote fluoridation. Varoius federal agencies provide fluoridation money including CDC, HRSA and block grants.

Lots of money is spent on fluoride research - most on dental effects. However, research on adverse health effects is ignored. For example, the NYS DoH published a report in 1990 indicating that fluoridation can harm kidney patients, diabetics and those sensitive to fluoride and recommended more research that was never done. So how can any NYS official or dentist claim fluoridation is safe for everyone when their own reports tell us a different story.

And how does Dr. Tegtmeier know that no Yorktown resident has been harmed by fluoride. Like all drugs, fluoride can cause a myriad of problems from skin rash to irritable bowel syndrome and arthritis-type symptoms. Have Yorktown residents been researched to see if any of their illnesses are caused or exacerbated by fluoride. Since such research has never been done, neither of us can say for sure whether any Yorktown resident has been harmed or not harmed by fluoride.

billy.budd.140:

The most compelling of community water fluoridation's (CWF) benefits was seen in the huge Louisiana Medicaid study which found 2/3rds of the operations for terrible cavities in kids are avoided with CWF

see: Water Fluoridation & Costs of Medicaid Treatment for Dental Decay. MMWR. CDC 09/03/1999

In the Louisiana study 50% of the dental bills for the kids studied were avoided. If this were the only benefit 150% CWF returns in lower dental bills

see: Prev Chronic Dis. 2012 Mar;9: A simulation model for designing effective interventions in early childhood caries. Hirsch GB, et al

Under anesthesia procedures include extractions root canals & stainless steel crowns & cost up to $15,000 and happen more often in cities without CWF.

This remarkable effect has been confirmed in New York, Texas, Scotland, Australia and Oregon.

Few programs cities undertake have a return on investment of even 150%. This is reason enough in my opinion for Yorktown to continue fluoridation.

While CWF is not a silver bullet, it decreases the oral health disparity that comes with economic disadvantage. To argue against CWF is to argue for greater pain, greater health inequality and lifelong oral health disadvantage.

peggy.thatcher.37:

Fluoridation is one of the very best investments that government can make for citizen, saving an average of $38 (in 2001 dollars) in dental bills for every $1 spent on community water fluoridation.

And fluoridation is a very equitable public health measure, reducing cavities by an average of 25% for everyone, even the elderly who have exposed roots.

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