Commissioners Continue Public Forum On Water Fluoridation

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

UPDATE: Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Sedgwick County Commisioners continued a public forum on water fluoridation this morning.

Experts from the opposition were given an opportunity to present their findings about water fluoridation. Dr. Albert Burgstahler from the University of Kansas and Dr. Paul Connett from New York presented.

Dr. Connett said, "fluoridation is not safe or effective" by citing that a majority of Europe has rejected fluoridation.

To view the site from the anti-fluoride group, click here.

To view the site from the pro-fluoride group, click here.

Only Wichita residents will vote on the fluoride matter on Nov. 6th.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

More than a dozen people spoke in front of Sedgwick County Commissioners during a public forum on water fluoridation.

A total of 19 people spoke on the issue, of which 6 were for and 13 were against the fluoridation of water.

Experts from both groups were invited to speak. The expert from the fluoride proponents group spoke before Commissioners, while the expert for the opponents group was unable to attend.

Dr. Bill Maas, a clinical professor at the University of Maryland dental school's department of health promotion and policy, said there is "misinformation" regarding fluoridation of water from the opponents group. He added that tooth decay is a burden in Wichita and promotes the fluoridation of water.

Dr. Jon Rosell, the executive director of the Medical Society of Sedgwick County, said that more than 200 physicians in the community have signed on to support the fluoridation of water.

Opponents of fluoridation say that those who want the fluoridation of water are "spinning" the information. They want Commissioners to address the fact sheet on the County website.

Commissioner Jim Skelton questioned the side effects of water fluoridation including dental fluorosis caused by excessive exposure to high concentrations of fluoride.

Only Wichita residents will vote on the fluoride matter on Nov. 6th.


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