Assembly Panel Approves Bill To Add Fluoride To Water Supply

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TRENTON – An Assembly committee approved legislation that would require the fluoridation of all public water supply systems in New Jersey.

“Water fluoridation is a safe and effective way to prevent cavities in children and adults and saves money that would otherwise be spent on dental care by families and governments,” said Assemblyman Herb Conaway, (D-Burlington), who is a practicing physician. “More than six decades of use, countless studies and the experience of millions of Americans tell us water fluoridation is effective in preventing cavities and is safe for children and adults.”

The “New Jersey Public Water Supply Fluoridation Act” would require all public water systems in the state be fluoridated within a year of the bill becoming effective.

“Community water fluoridation has proven to be the single most effective public health measure to prevent tooth decay,” said Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington. “Studies show that water fluoridation reduces tooth decay by as much as 40 percent. Knowing this and how safe and helpful fluoride is, how can we not finally move forward with this common sense legislation?”

According to the CDC, in 2008 only 13.6 percent of New Jerseyans served by community water systems were getting fluoridated water. New Jersey was ranked 49th nationally for having the least water fluoridation; only Hawaii ranked lower with 10.8 percent. The CDC has recognized water fluoridation as one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century.

The bill (A-1811) was released by the Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee, which is chaired by Conaway, and now awaits consideration by the full Assembly.


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4 comments for “Assembly Panel Approves Bill To Add Fluoride To Water Supply

  1. nyscof
    January 31, 2012 at 4:55 am

    Fluoridation is a Failure in Other States. Most cities are ceasing to fluoridate. See http://www.FluorideAction.Net/communities.htm

    Poor Not Helped; Money Wasted; Kids in Dental Pain; Viable Alternatives Shunned

    Despite decades of water fluoridation in New York State, the Journal of the American Dental Association reports that emergency treatment for NYS toddlers’ severe tooth decay has grown substantially in numbers and costs, many require general anesthesia,

    In 72% fluoridated NYS, 25,622 children, under six-years-old, made cavity-related emergency dental visits from 2004 though 2008. Visits grew from 4,361 in 2004 to 5,683 in 2008. Seventy-five percent required general anesthesia, up from 35% in 2004. Total costs: $121 Million ($18.5 million in 2004 increased to $31.3 million in 2008), most borne by taxpayers.

    “There is a limited number of dentists willing to treat patients younger than 6 and/or accept Medicaid” write the NYS researchers.

    NYS Department of Health statistics reveal that, even when water is fluoridated, cavity-rates are extremely high in low-income third-graders. (2) For example:

    85% of low-income third graders have tooth decay in Wayne County (74% fluoridated)
    83% in Ontario County (61% fluoridated)
    82% in Cayuga County (not fluoridated)
    82% in Allegheny County (14% fluoridated)
    81% in Livingston County (55% fluoridated)
    67% in Schuyler County (not fluoridated)
    58% in Nassau County (not fluoridated)

    Fluoridation not only fails New York State but nationally children, the elderly and poor lack dental care. The General Accounting Office estimates that 6.5 million children aged 2 through 18 in Medicaid had untreated tooth decay in 2005. Tooth decay crises occurs in all fluoridated cities see http://www.FluorideNews.blogspot.com

    Annually, 164 million work hours and 51 million school hours are lost due to dental problems, according to the Institute of Medicine. (4) Also, a 2008 study of the armed forces reveals 52% of new recruits had oral health problems needing urgent attention, reports the Pew Charitable Trust. This despite 67 years of water fluoridation, 57 years of fluoridated toothpaste, a glut of fluoridated dental products and fluoride containing drugs. While fluoridation isn’t reducing tooth decay, it is overdosing our children with fluoride. The CDC reports that about 50% of adolescents are afflicted with dental fluorosis – white spotted, yellow, brown and/or pitted teeth.

    The EPA says fluoride can also damage bones but no government agency will study fluoride’s adverse bone effects for fear of destroying the fluoridation program in the US which benefits dentists who won’t actually treat the teeth of low income Americans. they prefer to treat their water instead. 80% of dentists refuse Medicaid patients and half of all Americans don’t have dental insurance.

    Emergency rooms are flooded with patients in dental distress costing taxpayers thousands of dollars that a simple filling could have prevent.

    The American economy is hurt by dentists’ refusal to treat low-income Americans and by organized dentistry’s lobbying to outlaw cheaper dental care by viable dental professionals, such as dental therapists.

    Dentists should be mandated to treat more low-income people . We know they love mandates because they are behind every fluoridation mandate in the country.

    Fluoride’s documented adverse health effects are here: http://www.FluorideAction.Net/health

  2. jwillie6
    January 31, 2012 at 1:06 am

    Fluoridation is a Hoax

    Interestingly, the politicians often align with the big money side where these industries sell their toxic waste fluoride to commuinties. Most people now know their health will be sacrificed with fluoridation. That is why promoters lose about 80% of all elections held worldwide.

    Someday soon people will look back on this outdated practice and wonder how we ever decided to dump this toxic waste fluoride into our drinking water.

    See (www.fluoridealert.org ) for the scientific information.
    Read the truth produced in the best scientific information on fluoridation here: (www.fluoridealert.org). You will see a petition signed by almost 4000 professionals, including hundreds of dentists, hundreds of doctors, and other medical researchers calling on governments everywhere to stop fluoridation.

    There are many large scientific studies there to show that drinking fluoridated water has no positive effect on cavity reduction and to show that it causes cancer, thyroid damage, broken hips from brittle bones, lowered IQ and other health problems.

    THe World Health Organization studied 16 countries and showed fluoride is of no value for teeth. Most countries like China, India, and Japan has rejected it. Europe has rejected it and is 98% fluoride free. Many other large scientific studies in several countries show the same ineffectiveness.

  3. Sparrowdancer
    January 31, 2012 at 12:07 am

    If the “countless” studies and “millions of Americans” have told him that water fluoridation is safe and effective, please explain to us what happened to the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Kentucky is almost 100% fluoridated. We should be able to see some evidence of the doctor’s claims there. However, what we see is that Kentucky has the worst dental health and highest number of cavities throughout the population, as well as the highest number of completely toothless adults in America. (Perhaps the cavity level goes down after all their teeth fall out.) They also have the highest rate of cancer in the US.

  4. Sparrowdancer
    January 31, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Someone should ask practicing physician Herb Conaway when he has ever sent a patient to a lab or hospital to be checked for an elevated fluoride level. Fluoride is known to block thyroid function, but most physicians know absolutely nothing about fluoride.

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