ODA says to communities - "It's time to stand up for water fluoridation!"

    Water fluoridation is imperative preventative measure for lifelong good

    TORONTO, July 23 /CNW/ - The Ontario Dental Association (ODA) is speaking
out to communities and politicians who are considering removing fluoride from
their water by urging them to get the facts from informed medical experts.
    "Water fluoridation helps prevent tooth decay - it's just that simple,"
says Hamilton-based ODA President Dr. Larry Levin. "I see it in my office all
the time - water fluoridation is something kids need from a very early age -
adults need it too. It's preventative care that will help for life."
    At a symposium sponsored by the ODA entitled "Designing Dental Programs
for High-Risk Children," at the International Association of Dental Research
held in Toronto recently, a panel of experts from around the world agreed that
water fluoridation is essential in preventative care.
    "To remove water fluoridation would be a tremendous step backward," said
IADR presenter and ODA Past-President Dr. Ian McConnachie. "Kids need all the
help they can get in life - and we owe it to each and every one of them to
ensure that they get this kind of preventative care."

    There are other international experts who agree with the ODA on water

    -   The Health Canada Website of the Office of the Chief Dental Officer
        reports that:
              "Experts confirm the benefits of fluoride for dental health."
    -   The Canadian Dental Association states:
              "CDA supports fluoridation of municipal drinking water as a
              safe, effective and economical means of preventing dental
              caries (cavities) in all age groups."
    -   Centre for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia states:
              "The CDC has recognized the fluoridation of drinking water to
              prevent dental decay as one of the 10 great public health
              achievements of the 20th century."
    -   The U.S. Surgeon General states:
              "Community water fluoridation continues to be the most
              cost-effective, equitable and safe means to provide protection
              from tooth decay in a community."
    -   The World Health Organization (WHO) states:
              "That universal access to fluoride for dental health is a part
              of the basic human right to life."

    "The ODA is saying to communities and to politicians that it's time to
stand up for water fluoridation - it's important to your town, your city, your
family and your dentist," says Dr. Levin. "It's essential to both your oral
health and your overall health. If you have questions about water
fluoridation, please speak to your dentist today."

For further information:

For further information: Kari Cuss, Public Affairs & Communications,
Ontario Dental Association, p. (416) 355-2278, c. (647) 294-7613, e.

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