Every talkshow host loves a good debate. A topic that brings out strong opinions on both sides of an issue. Take bike lanes for example, one of the most hotly debated topics in recent times. But before bike lanes there was fluoride , the issue to top all other issues and here we go again.
A handful of councillors want to take a look at the impact of removing fluoride from Calgary’s drinking water in 2011. They want U of C researchers to assess what has happened to kids’ dental health since that time. Those same researchers released a study back in February that didn’t paint a pretty picture. Concluding that children have more cavities than prior to fluoride being removed.
I’m all for reopening this debate. We’ve had a number of years to assess the health impact of the move. Let’s look at the evidence to see if it was a mistake to remove it.
It took many years to convince Calgarians to add fluoride to the water (public votes voted it down in 1961 and 1971. Added in 1991 after a city wide vote) it will likely take many more to convince residents that it should be put back in.