According to the Washington State Dental Association newsletter, WSDA Update, of November 6,2001, the WSDA will propose legislation in Olympia in 2002 "to study the costs and benefits to the state budget of water fluoridation." The fluoridation proposal is modeled after a Texas bill in 1997, which the WSDA claims "demonstrated savings to Medicaid of $24 per child in annual dental expenses...." The Texas bill and the proposed WSDA bill brush aside the cost of treating fluorosed teeth. Dental proponents of fluoridation concede that fluoridation causes dental fluorosisdamage to the enamel of growing teeth. According to the York Review of October 8, 2000, dental fluorosis is impacting 48% of people living in fluoridated communities, about 12% of it in serious form.
Jim Bariteau of Mesa, Arizona wrote the Food and Drug Administration that his 4-year-old daughter, Hannah, has extreme dental fluorosis. Hannah has virtually no enamel on her teeth. She lives with constant pain from deteriorating teeth. Chewing food is becoming extremely painful for her. Hannah's health is thereby threatened. A treatment plan calls for the extraction of 10 of Hannah's teeth, root canal and crown for the remaining 10 and two space maintainers. The cost is estimated to be $7000.
Safe Water Coalition of Washington State asks electors to call their two state representatives and one state senator and urge them to vote NO on this WSDA bill in 2002; then contact Governor Locke and urge him to VETO this bill in 2002; a bill which is an attempt to whitewash fluoridation at the expense of taxpayers.
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