For six decades, Bozeman has added fluoride to its water supply.
At several recent Bozeman City Commission meetings, members of Fluoride Free Bozeman have asked the city to stop.
“Swallowing fluoride causes harm,” Derek Grotheer, a young man in a plaid flannel shirt, told city officials. “Fluoride is more toxic than lead, and we have not given our consent to put it in the water.”
STOP RIGHT THERE…
Fluoride more toxic than lead. Wrong.
Public health officials argue that the value of fluoridating water has been clearly proven. They say it’s the cheapest, easiest way to improve dental health, particularly among the poor.
“The overwhelming weight of scientific evidence tells us that fluoridation of community water supplies is the best way to prevent tooth decay in people — especially in children,” said Gallatin County Health Officer Matt Kelley.
“It’s not just me saying that, it’s the American Dental Association, the American Medical Association, the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control, the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Surgeon General — you name it,” Kelley said. “There’s not a lot of disagreement amongst people who really examine the facts and the science behind it.”
That’s the true part.
The other true part is that people come up with wacky ideas when the government decides what’s “best” for them and imposes it without consent. The facts are overwhelming, fluoridated water is safe and very effective. But, people do not like to be told what they must do. Thus, we have the issues about health care, environmental regulations, and why people some people hate taxes and social security and want smaller government…
Back to fluoride — those parents above a poverty level typically take their kids to the dentist regularly and get them treated with topic fluoride or have them brush their teeth with fluoride toothpaste. This isn’t as prevalent with lower income families and kids’ health suffers, which is sad. Is the answer mandatory fluoridation? Probably not. But pushing out FALSE information in an absurdly framed debate is worse. It’s a complicated issue that requires an education population to decide. Not sure we have that.