Sunday, April 20, 2014
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Fluoridate, for good health

In a recent letter, Michael Perrone offered his perspective on the community conversation surrounding water fluoridation. I invite him, and the rest of the public, to join the ongoing conversations that are underway throughout our county to improve our community’s dental health.

The Yolo County Health Council meets monthly, welcomes public attendance and comments on health issues in our county. Three years ago, the council created a fluoridation subcommittee and hears regular reports from this group.

The Children’s Health Initiative has an oral health subcommittee that meets quarterly to discuss dental caries issues and related access to care.

Earlier this year, the Davis City Council charged the Water Advisory Committee with evaluating community water fluoridation and making a recommendation to the council. Thus far, the Davis Water Advisory Committee has deliberated for three months on this issue and held two public meetings, with a third meeting planned for Thursday, June 27. Community conversation on this topic has been robust. And following the WAC’s recommendation, City Council is expected to discuss the issue and make a policy decision on this issue.

It is important to note that fluoridation is required by law in the state of California. However, state funding for this critical public health initiative remains limited. As a result, it falls to the leaders of each community to evaluate the importance of their community’s dental health.

At the Yolo County Health Department, our mission is to promote health and wellness, prevent disease and injury and protect people and the environment in an effort to enhance quality of life for all residents of Yolo County . For this reason, we strongly urge the WAC and the council to make a policy decision to support fluoridation.

Jill Cook

Yolo County health director, Woodland

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