Sonoma County is not the only place considering fluoridating its public water systems. The state Legislature in New Jersey is in fierce debate over a bill that would require all public water systems to add fluoride. Right now, most of the areas in the state are not served by fluoridated water.
(Believe it or not, California has had such a mandatory law on its books since 1995. All water systems with more than 10,000 connections must fluoridate. The problem is it didn’t come with the cash to get it done, leaving cities and counties an out by saying they can’t afford it.)
Anyway, the New York Times weighed in on this debate in an editorial on Sunday. Its take? “It is hard to believe, but decades after (fluoridation’s) value in preventing tooth decay was clearly demonstrated, questions are again being raised.”
It makes some of the same arguments we’ve been offering in recent days in columns and editorials – that while fluoride needs to be administered with care, it “has been a boon to public health.” It also calls on the Department of Health Services and the EPA to come to final agreement on clear standards for how much is too much.
- Paul Gullixson