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Hartland Township Fluoride Decision Continues to Produce Waves

Support, opposition washes up on editorial pages.

The Hartland Township Board of Trustees were praised and criticized over their decision in two letters to the editor published this week in the Livingston County Daily Press & Argus.

Dr. William L. Metz, executive director of the Livingston District Dental Society, said he was "outraged" with the vote.

"It has been proven that fluoridation helps fight tooth decay and helps prevent more serious health problems that may occur as a result," wrote Metz, also a Hartland resident. "Water fluoridation has been recognized by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century due to its ability to prevent tooth decay."

In contrast, Fowlerville resident Hayes Hobolth praised the trustees for letting residents decide, suggesting other factors are behind fluoride.

"The aluminum industry has a lot of fluoride as a byproduct to sell and it has found a lot of buyers," he wrote. "Then there are the makers of lab equipment to measure the levels accurately ($30,000 possible expense pending), even though the 'optimum' level depends on how much is already in the water, how old you are, what you brush your teeth with, your age and your genetic profile."

The letters follow a mLive column that .

nyscof December 28, 2011 at 01:16 PM
We think it's time for legislators to stop being afraid of rich special interest groups which claim they care so much for poor people that they insist they drink the fluoride - even though most of these dentists will not welcome any of the poor people they care so much about to sit in their dental chairs. Fluoridation is a tool of organized dentistry to stave off what really needs to be done - to mandate that dentists accept Medicaid patients and encourage instead of discourage the use of lower costing dental therapists to drill into teeth that dentists won't touch. This dentist's outrage is misdirected. He just wants to win. Does he really care about poor people's teeth. I doubt it.
Eduardo Como Emprender December 28, 2011 at 01:42 PM
Excellent, but I also believe that perseverance has much to do. This value makes any decision a success. A human being with perseverance is triumphant in nature. Greetings and much success! http://www.comoemprender.com/2010/12/la-perseverancia.html
Rachael December 28, 2011 at 02:55 PM
To the people that say these special interest groups are not interested in helping the poor people. Please research before you speak. Many of these dentists have helped open and continue to volunteer their time and services at ViNA, a free dental clinic for Livingston County residents. The cost of operating a dental office is very expensive and Medicaid does not reimburse a dentist enough to even cover their overhead. A dental office would be shut down very quickly if they had to operate on Medicaid reimberments. Fluoride has been adde to many items we buy at the store which is unnessecary. I feel floride needs to be removed from pop and juice before anyone considers removing it from the water.
jwillie6 December 28, 2011 at 03:19 PM
Fluoridation is a Hoax Read the truth produced in the best scientific information on fluoridation here: (www.fluoridealert.org). You will see a petition signed by almost 4000 professionals, including hundreds of dentists, hundreds of doctors, and other medical researchers calling on governments everywhere to stop fluoridation. There are many large scientific studies there to show that drinking fluoridated water has no positive effect on cavity reduction and to show that it causes cancer, thyroid damage, broken hips from brittle bones, lowered IQ and other health problems. THe World Health Organization studied 16 countries and showed fluoride is of no value for teeth. Most countries like China, India, and Japan has rejected it. Europe has rejected it and is 98% fluoride free. Many other large scientific studies in several countries show the same ineffectiveness.
Rachael December 28, 2011 at 04:06 PM
I do not dispute that fluoride s over used. Ideally we could educate everyone on the importance of daily flossing, brushing and rinsing with a fluoride rinse. The benifits of fluoride is not from ingesting it, it is the act of bathing the teeth in it.
Linda Bowen December 28, 2011 at 04:59 PM
Rachael, thank you for providing local insight and for pointing out the volunteer efforts happening around us. Unfortunately, you are arguing in good faith and pointing to local information about dentists in Livingston County, but the people you are replying to are anti-flouride activists who are not local and get their information from feeds. They spam local news sites all over the country and are likely completely ignorant of any local dentists' efforts on behalf of the neediest in our county.

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