Calgary, AB (February 18, 2016): Dr. David Swann is asking Calgary City Council to reconsider its 2011 decision to stop fluoridating Calgary’s water or to continue providing alternative delivery methods for low-income children. Thirty years ago as the Calgary Board of Health Associate Medical Officer, Dr. Swann was advocating for safe levels of fluoride, whether in the water or provided as drops or tablets.
“Almost 30 years ago, when I was Associate Medical Officer for Calgary Board of Health, it was already evident that safe levels of fluoride were beneficial, particularly for low-income children,” Swann stated. “Today, with Alberta having the highest dental costs in the country, the argument is even stronger. If more proof was needed, this week’s University of Calgary report provides it.”
“Access to dental care in Alberta can be prohibitive. Clinics that offer reduced fee services are overwhelmed and a cash infusion from the Province seems unlikely,” said Swann. “When the City of Calgary stopped fluoridating the water, council promised access to other methods of fluoridation for those who needed it – that lasted one year. The benefit of safe levels of fluoride to low-income families is immense.”
“Access to fluoride, whether added to drinking water or taken orally as drops or tablets, has been rightly hailed as one of the greatest modern public health victories. It is a proven safe and cost effective way to reduce the need for dental services, especially for low-income children,” Swann concluded.