There’s a battle raging in Portland right now.
From May 3rd to May 21st, residents of Portland will have the option of voting for or against Measure 26-151.
What is Measure 26-151?
Well, Measure 26-151 will determine whether or not their water supply will continue to be fluoridated. And ever since fluoridation was approved in 1956, supporters on both sides of the debate have been up in arms about how this would affect they and their children’s lives.
The benefits of fluoride are well-documented and often play out well for consumers’ long term oral health.
Each side’s argument is valid and backed by data to persuade those who may be without an opinion…but what are the facts?
We do know that adding 0.7 milligrams of fluoride per liter of water helps prevent tooth decay with continued use.
We also know that since 1945, cities have been putting fluoride in their water supply to try and reap the benefits of doing so.
There is no strong evidence that there are any major health risks tied to water fluoridation.
So why would anyone be against fluoridation of their water supply? Here’s what they think:
It would likely cause an increase in what people will pay for water, because of the upfront costs of fluoride.
Fluoridation would “taint” their clean water.
Some are upset about the possible health risks associated.
The verdict is still out on whether or not injecting the water supply with fluoride is an endeavor without flaw, but the effect it has on promoting oral health is proven and should be supported. In small amounts, it’s a great way to make up for less-than-perfect oral maintenance habits.
For more information, the Center for Disease Control has some great information on the facts behind water fluoridation.