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Dr. Bill Bailey
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.