Friday, January 30, 2015
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

WAC brushes up on fluoride benefits

By
From page A1 | April 26, 2013 |

It reduces cavity rates, dental decay and helps cities and their residents save exponentially every year on dental care.

These were some of the many arguments made by the very pro-fluoride crowd that attended Thursday’s Water Advisory Committee meeting, the first in a series of discussions that will lead to the committee’s recommendation to the City Council about whether the city should fluoridate its drinking water supply.

The WAC next will hear arguments from the opponents to fluoridation May 23 and then will debate and make a recommendation to the council June 27. The council, which has the ultimate say, likely will make its decision July 9.

Seven different speakers, made up of dentists, physicians and other health advocates spoke to the group Thursday providing a mouthful of statistics that back the benefits of mass-fluoridating a public water supply.

Additionally, the water committee heard testimony from many in the general public who also support fluoridation. Only two speakers out of about the 20 or so who addressed the group spoke in opposition to fluoride.

The argument most commonly made by those in support of fluoridation focused on the benefits to the dental health of children.

“Tooth decay is still the No. 1 chronic disease for children,” said Carole Pirruccello, chair of the Yolo County Health Council’s subcommittee on fluoridation. “It (causes) pain, problems with nutrition, speech issues, lack of concentration, low self-esteem and time away from school. Often … fluoridated water is the best thing a community can do in terms of cost and effectiveness to improve the oral health of their citizens.”

Sheila Allen, Davis school board president, provided that 16 percent of Davis kindergarteners who submitted to oral health assessments recently were found to have untreated dental decay. Kim Wallace, a local dentist, offered that 26 percent of Davis preschoolers have untreated cavities.

Another reoccurring argument made by the pro-fluoride contingency in attendance centered on the low cost of fluoridating public drinking water.

Reid Haflich, a student intern UC Davis Graduate School of Public Health, cited that for every $1 invested in fluoride, $38 are saved in dental treatment.

“In West Sacramento, a community that was fluoridated several years ago, per month a family pays 38 cents to receive fluoridated water,” Haflich said.

Some at the meeting also described fluoridating public drinking water as a social justice issue, as providing the chemical publicly affords all residents access to preventative dental care.

“It helps people who don’t have that easy access (and it) prevents the usage of those safety net programs, those clinics,” one commenter said. “Here in front of us we have this amazing preventative measure.”

Alan Pryor, a member of Davis Citizens Against Fluoridation and one of the two lone voices against fluoride, countered the pro-side with arguments of his own, beginning first by addressing the issue of providing fluoride to lower-income populations.

“(Studies say) the poor dental health in minority and disadvantaged communities is due to the simple fact (they) receive a disproportionately smaller share of dental health care, rather than due to the presence or absence of fluoride in their drinking water,” Pryor said.

— Reach Tom Sakash at [email protected] or 530-747-8057. Follow him on Twitter at @TomSakash

Comments

comments

Tom Sakash

Tom Sakash covers the city beat for The Davis Enterprise. Reach him at [email protected], (530) 747-8057 or @TomSakash.
  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

    Red Cross honors community heroes

    By Lauren Keene | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Bridges of Yolo County: Wear, tear … repair?

    By Elizabeth Case | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Four days of unusual, adventuresome music

    By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    Spanish police arrest 4 suspected members of a jihadi cell

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

     
    Rockets kill 30 in Ukrainian city as rebels launch offensive

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

    Abe ‘speechless’ after video claims IS hostage dead

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

     
    GOP presses state bills limiting gay rights before ruling

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

    Abortion opponents express renewed hope at California rally

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

     
    Share your love (story) with us

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Sip wines at St. James’ annual tasting

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3

     
    Fake schools draw federal scrutiny

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A3 | Gallery

    Winter produce available at Sutter market

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3

     
    Vote for your favorites in Readers’ Choice poll

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Donations to be distributed during homeless count

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A4

    Speaker will share computer security tips

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Logos Books celebrates 5 years, offers language groups

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Australian olive oil company opens U.S. headquarters in Woodland

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

     
    Pedal around Davis on weekly bike ride

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Explore at the YOLO Outdoor Expo

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Yolo animal shelter seeking rawhide donations

    By Lauren Keene | From Page: A5

     
    Woodland Healthcare employees take Great Kindness Challenge

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

    At the Pond: Nest boxes give birds new homes

    By Jean Jackman | From Page: A6 | Gallery

     
    California ranks worst in nation for guidance counselors

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

    Words and Music Festival events

    By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A12

     
    Davis, Woodland are saving water

    By Elizabeth Case | From Page: A12

    .

    Forum

    Family isn’t keen on relationship

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: A8

     
     
    Caring for the aging mouth

    By Samer Alassaad | From Page: A8

    Big utilities’ nightmare begins to play out

    By Tom Elias | From Page: A10

     
    Mayor’s Corner: Let’s renew Davis together

    By Dan Wolk | From Page: A10

    We have the right to choose

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

     
    We don’t have to suffer

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

    City helped immensely

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

     
    Rick McKee cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: A10

    When measles spreads from Disneyland, it’s a small world after all

    By New York Times News Service | From Page: A11

     
    From innovation parks to innovative buildings and planning

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A11

    .

    Sports

    Lady Devils hold off Pacers, stay perfect in league

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

     
    Wildcats’ inaugural kids development league exceeds expectations

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Aggies get top 2015 gymnastics score, but fall short

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Loud crowd sees DHS boys win

    By Spencer Ault | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    UCD men take two tennis matches

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B8

     
    Watney in ninth at Humana Challenge

    By Staff and wire reports | From Page: B8

    .

    Features

    .

    Arts

    .

    Business

    Davis man focusing on cannabidiol business

    By Will Bellamy | From Page: A9

     
    Marrone Bio’s Regalia approved for new uses in Canada

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A9

     
    UCD grad makes insurance ‘hot 100′ list

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

    Yolo County real estate sales

    By Zoe Juanitas | From Page: A9

     
    .

    Obituaries

    Thomas George Byrne

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

     
    .

    Comics

    Comics: Sunday, January 25, 2015

    By Creator | From Page: B8