I was disappointed to read about the decision of the Tyrone Borough Council to eliminate fluoride from its municipal water supply.
Numerous studies spanning six decades have demonstrated the safety and effectiveness of fluoride in community water systems.
Fluoride in water supplies really does reduce cavities.
The results are so conclusive that organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Centers for Disease Control, the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, the American Dental Association, the American Medical Association and the last five Surgeon Generals of the United States have supported the fluoridation of community water systems.
Fluoride, like so many of the vitamins and minerals we consume, is something that is beneficial in the proper amount.
It is also something that is found universally in groundwater, although its concentration can often be too low or sometimes even too high to provide the exact desired benefit.
Three of the Tyrone officials involved in this decision seemed to suggest some sort of sinister conspiracy on the part of the medical community and the government to "mass medicate" the public with "poison."
It's so much easier to frighten than to inform. Outrageous assertions can be made in a few seconds, while factual explanations always require more time.
I do believe that local communities should decide the question of water fluoridation for themselves.
But it is my hope that they do it on the basis of the evidence and science.
Anthony M. Kibelbek D.M.D.