WATER FLUORIDATION: Current Levels Approved

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Des Moines Water Works officials announced a decision on the future of fluoridation in the drinking water supplied to 500,000 metro residents, Tuesday.

Officials first heard the pros and cons from concerned citizens and dentists.

“My concern is we’ll have a dental epidemic in about 10 years if we don’t have continued fluoridation,” one resident said.

Another opposed the perceived overreach, “You’re distributing a substance to a populous, many of whom are without voice.”

Des Moines has fluoridated its water for the last 54 years. Dentists say residents pay less than $1 per year to protect the teeth of Iowa children many of whom don’t have dental insurance.

Others say there are potential health risks linked to fluoride, though the practice is widely supported by medical professionals and the World Health Organization.

After a period of public comment, Water Works officials chose to continue adding fluoride to the drinking water at the rate of 0.7 mg/L.

CEO Bill Stowe says the proven positives outweigh the potential negatives of ending fluoridation.

“We’ve sorted through that and in our view there is a strong reason to continue to fluoridate for community health purposes and we will be continuing to do that,” Stowe said.

Stowe says Water Works received hundreds of written opinions as well as those at Tuesday’s meeting.


  • Feul

    Let the tyranny continue. Fluoride is poison in every instance of its existence. Except for drinking water. Logic in action.

  • James Reeves

    The world has learned the truth that fluoridation is ineffective for teeth and dangerous to health, so only 5% of the world and only 3% of Europe fluoridate their drinking water. To see why, Google “Fluoride dangers” and read a few of the 800,000 articles.

    Medical professionals should be ashamed to support such a crude and unethical practice which results in cancer, thyroid & pineal gland damage, broken hips from brittle bones, lowered IQ, kidney disease, arthritis and other serious health problems.
    See “Dangerous Health Effects” at http://www.fluoridealert.org/issues/health/.

  • nyscof

    Actuallly, organized dentistry has allowed a dental health crisis to occur on its watch and with its advice. Tooth decay is growing in incidence and severity despite almost 7 decades of water fluoridation, 6 decades of fluoridated toothpaste, a glut of fluoridated dental products, a fluoride-saturated food supply,application of dental sealants, fluoride dental treatments, tooth decay is growing in incidence and severity.

    Dentists are taught to use politics to get fluoridation schemes accepted; but 80% of them won’t treat Medicaid patients – the very people they claim will benefit from fluoridation.

    Organized dentistry, with its pockets full of corporate cash, only lobbies for issues which helps its own bottom line. Fluoridation doesn’t hurt dentists’ income at all; but it gives the appearance that dentists truly care about the people they won’t allow in their dental chairs.

    Legislators only responde to money and votes. If you don’t have the money to influence their decisions, it’s time to organize an army of residents who will march into city hall and demand fluoride be removed from their water supply. Politicians love a parade they can jump in front of.

    • Beth

      There are dentists in des moines iowa who do take medicaid!!!
      Too much flouride can be harmful but its got to be an extremely high dosage!!! What is in the drinking water wont hurt anyone!!!!

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