Toronto Board of Health accepts the recommendation of Toronto's Medical
Officer of Health, experts
TORONTO, April 6 /CNW/ - The Ontario Dental Association (ODA) is
praising the Toronto Board of Health for its vote on April 4, 2011 to
keep fluoride in the city's drinking water and for following the
recommendation of its Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David McKeown.
"Water fluoridation is a safe and effective way to prevent tooth decay -
it's just that simple," said Toronto-based ODA President, Dr. Lynn
Tomkins. "I'm glad that the board based their decision on sound science
and research that support water fluoridation - this is great news for
the health of all Torontonians."
Dr. Tomkins was one of many medical and dental experts who addressed the
board at the April 4 meeting. Presentations were also given by the
Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario, the University of Toronto
Faculty of Dentistry Department of Paediatric Dentistry, the Ontario
Dental Hygienists' Association and the Ontario Association of Public
The group presented numerous scientific studies and research supporting
the use of fluoride in drinking water to prevent tooth decay. They
urged the board to continue the 48-year policy of water fluoridation,
saying it saves millions of dollars in public health costs and protects
those who might not have access to dental health care, such as the
elderly and low-income families.
Dr. Arlene King, Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health, spoke during
the meeting and also issued a news release in support of the public
health practice. According to the statement, Dr. King is "very concerned about the loss of fluoridated drinking
water in certain communities in spite of consistent evidence that water
fluoridation is safe and effective."
"Just look at what happened in Dorval, Quebec, when they removed
fluoride from the water in 2003 - the percentage of kindergarten
children at high risk of developing dental caries doubled," said Dr.
Tomkins. "I'm relieved that we helped to ensure the best possible oral
health for the children of Toronto."
SOURCE Ontario Dental Association
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