Water Fluoridation to Continue in Port Angeles
Encouraged by local WSDA member dentists Drs. Brianne Butler and Todd Irwin, the Port Angeles City Council voted 4-3 in December to continue water fluoridation in the community through 2026.
Dr. Irwin, a private practice dentist in Port Angeles, said in addition to speaking at public meetings he also met with council members individually to educate them about fluoride.
"We approached them with facts and science," he said.
Dr. Butler added, "We all care about the community, and we support community water fluoridation because it is a preventive measure for citizens who may not have access to dental care — or knowledge related to how to prevent cavities."
Thank you to Drs. Butler and Irwin, and to all of our members who help educate their patients and the public about the benefits of fluoride.
According to the ADA, more than 70 years of scientific research has consistently shown that an optimal level of fluoride in community water is safe and effective in preventing tooth decay by at least 25% in both children and adults. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention named community water fluoridation one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century.
To learn more about community water fluoridation, or to access educational tools from the ADA, visit ada.org/fluoride.