The Denver Board of Water
Commissioners voted on August 26, 2015 to continue community water
fluoridation. Denver Water, Colorado’s largest supplier of drinking water, has
been fluoridating water supplies for over 60 years, however, opponents of water
fluoridation began appearing at Denver Water board meetings urging
commissioners to end the practice. Colorado Public Radio’s John Daley reported on Denver's fluoride fight, including
an interview with Dr. Bill Bailey, a faculty
member at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine and former
assistant U.S. Surgeon General.
The decision to uphold water
fluoridation was made after the board held an informational session with presentations, both for and
against fluoridation, and after reviewing the latest science and
recommendations of national, state and local public health agencies and professionals.
According to a Denver
Water blog post, Denver Water Commissioner Greg Austin went on
record saying, “After careful consideration of the information put forth by
both sides of the fluoridation debate, I am convinced that the community water
fluoridation level recommended by the U.S. Public Health Service provides
substantial health benefits, and is a safe, cost-effective and common sense
contribution to the health of the public.”
The CU School
of Dental Medicine supports community water fluoridation as a safe method to
improve oral health, and we applaud Denver Water for continuing to provide this
health benefit to the citizens of Denver.