The Newport City Council Monday night re-affirmed their intent to put city-wide water fluoridation on the upcoming May ballot. Opponents to fluoridation asked for some minor wording changes in the ballot language and in the official information in the voters pamphlet. The council went along with the changes and they’ll appear for another review at the next council meeting for final adoption and placement on the May ballot.
Adding a fluoride compound to municipal drinking water has a 70 year history in the U.S. which has been credited with reducing tooth decay, especially among lower income families. However, of late, groups, both scientific and non-scientific, have determined that fluoridation poses more of a health hazard than a benefit – especially in more advanced countries like the U.S. The U.S. Center for Disease Control and the Oregon Health Authority gives fluoridation a big thumbs up – those opposed cite studies that show a number of countries around the world that don’t fluoridate their water prove that naturally occurring fluoride and fluoride found in regular toothpaste is sufficient without exposing the general population to any additional risk.
In Newport, voters decide May 17th.