By: Staff Writer, Canadians Opposed to Fluoridation ~ Canadiens Opposés à la Fluoration, Orillia, Ontario 17-Jul-2012 — The individuals pushing a fluoridation agenda onto Orillia were desperate for a new fluoridation scheme to begin somewhere (anywhere) in Ontario. After all, there hasn’t been one since the mid 1990′s.
Orillia was chosen, not due to its dental decay rates, but because it was assumed the Medical Officer of Health and the Dental-Medical community could be manipulated into supporting an outdated unproven practice.
Fortunately, 7 out of 9 Orillia council members weren’t blinded by such smoke and mirrors. They saw the manipulation of white coat authorities, and didn’t buy into leverage about socioeconomically challenged citizens needing fluoridation as a means of reducing dental decay rates.
Under the guise of ‘helping the poor wee children’, Health Canada’s chief dental officer swooped in to spin a tale of dread and woe. Yet, Health Canada never accepts liability for the chronic harms that water fluoridation is known to cause, including dental fluorosis (a discolouration, mottling, weakening of dental enamel proportionate to the amount of fluoride you swallow).
One must ask why, when a state of the art water plant was built in Barrie, no fluoridation equipment was included? Particularly, when Barrie’s natural source water fluoride concentration is 2.8 to 4 times lower than Orillia’s, as evidenced in the Barrie and Orillia drinking water quality reports. One must also ask, how can dental decay rates be lower in Barrie, when it has less fluoride in the water than Orillia? Obviously, lack of fluoridation doesn’t result in higher decay rates, so adding fluoride into Orillia’s drinking water won’t reduce decay rates.
What will reduce decay rates is proper tooth brushing, flossing and frequent rinsing. Keeping away from processed foods, as well as foods and drinks made with refined sugars. Eating naturally healthy nutritious foods. Rejecting smoking. Ensuring sufficient uptake of calcium and vitamin D3. These are all lifestyle changes that individuals have free choice and control over, which genuinely do improve oral health. It’s the individual’s responsibility, and the responsibility of parents for their children. It’s common sense that can’t be legislated, but it can be taught and mentored. Partner with, and contribute to, the programs which can deliver such opportunities for those who cannot achieve them on their own.
Well done Orillia City Council and staff! Your drinking water remains higher quality and safer when it’s fluoridation free.