Well, we didn’t see that coming. We thought our “progressive” town of Davis would see through the rhetoric and emotion and vote with the science-based assertion that fluoridation is a good thing. We thought the City Council would look to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Dental Association, U.S. surgeons general, and overwhelming support of the health community and back fluoridation as part of the new surface water project.
At least once council member, Dan Wolk, stood tall and supported science and children’s health.
It’s just a bad policy decision that the council doesn’t believe in prevention-based approaches to children’s health. According to CDC, for every $1 invested in fluoridating water, it yields approximately $38 savings in dental treatment costs. Instead, the council plans to “find alternatives” to improve dental care — alternatives that will get us nowhere near the universal coverage that fluoridation provides.
We hope some “citizens” group doesn’t now approach the Davis Council and ask them to come out against climate change or vaccinating children. Because these two issues also have their deniers and there is no telling what this council might do if a loud enough minority pressures them to ignore the science.
David Kalb and Nancy Gelbard