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From The California Department of Public Health (CDPH)
October 2007

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) began water fluoridation in October 2007, bringing fluoridated water to an additional 18 million people and raising the percent of the population receiving fluoridated water to about 70%.  Healthy People 2010 Objective 21-9 is to increase the proportion of the U.S. population served by community water systems with optimally fluoridated water to 75%.  California is expected to meet this goal. 

In an effort to prevent consumers from receiving more fluoride than necessary, the California Department of Public Health sent a letter to all physicians, dentists and pharmacists in the MWD’s service area recommending they cease prescribing fluoride supplements for one year after the MWD implementation date to allow the local public water systems time to record average fluoride levels in their water. The suspension only pertains to fluoride drops and tablets and does not apply to topical applications such as fluoride foam/gel treatments, fluoride rinses, or fluoride varnish applications.

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Michigan voters realize folly and reinstate water fluoridation.

Voters in Mt. Pleasant, MI, voted 63% to 37% last month to once again fluoridate the community water supply. Congratulations to Michigan’s Ninth District Dental Society and the Michigan Dental Assn. for their work over the past year to bring water fluoridation back to Mt. Pleasant after last year's narrow vote to remove it. Much of the Mt. Pleasant community believed that the confusing nature of last year's ballot language played a major role in the vote to remove water fluoridation. Dr. Dane Kane, a Mt. Pleasant general dentist, co-chaired the ballot proposal committee and was the driving force behind the successful campaign. The MDA worked closely with Dr. Kane to create a campaign to educate Mt. Pleasant voters, and for the first time the campaign featured a brochure mailed directly to all registered voters. In addition, radio commercials and newspaper ads were created, along with yard signs (another first), postcards and letters to the editor. ADA staff experts on water fluoridation provided behind-the-scenes technical assistance and support for Michigan. Read more in the Mt. Pleasant Morning Sun.

In another big courtroom win for water fluoridation, the California Sixth District Court of Appeals has upheld a trial court ruling that the state’s fluoridation law preempts a city law created by a voters’ measure intended to ban water fluoridation. The court’s discussion of water fluoridation is similar to the one in the recent water fluoridation victory in Escondido, in that it indicates water fluoridation’s benefit is very well settled law. It will be published. Both cases uphold California’s statewide water fluoridation law, and recognize that the FDA doesn’t regulate water fluoridation, notwithstanding city laws driven by anti-fluoridationists suggesting the contrary. The California Dental Assn. and ADA worked together on this appeal.

“The fact is that I started out as somewhat skeptical and cautious about fluoridation. But then I became a firm believer as proof was assembled by scientists that fluoridation of a water supply will reduce the production of tooth cavities (our most prevalent disease) by 60%, and, just as important, that no disease or defect is caused by this procedure. What particularly allayed my early doubts about adding a chemical to public water supplies was learning that fluoride has always occurred naturally in water supplies.” Dr. Benjamin Spock
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