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Everett, Port Orchard, Renton City Councils Revisit Water Fluoridation

In the past six months, the City Councils of Everett, Port Orchard and Renton have been reviewing whether they will continue the practice of fluoridating their water supplies. Next week, the Renton City Council will have public hearing on community water fluoridation in their community. Similar hearings were held by City Councils in Everett and Port Orchard earlier this year.

According to the latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), fluoridated water now reaches more than 204 million U.S. residents—just under 74 percent of the population on public water systems and has been hailed as one of the ten great public health achievements of the 20th century. Former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. C. Everett Koop called fluoridation “the single most important commitment that a community can make to the oral health of its citizens.”

On November 1, WSDA President, Dr. Danny Warner submitted a letter to the Renton City Council outlining the health and economic benefits of water fluoridation. Dr. Warner's letter can be viewed here. During his Presidential term, Dr. Rod Wentworth submitted similar letters to the City Councils of Everett and Port Orchard. WSDA provided these bodies with material from the ADA on the safety and effectiveness of community water fluoridation.

Several dentists in these communities have also taken up the issue and conveyed their support of community water fluoridation. Seattle-King County Dental Society President, Dr. Princy Rekhi, submitted a letter to the council explaining SKCDS's support of water fluoridation. Component society presidents of Kitsap County and Snohomish County have submitted similar letters in support of water fluoridation.

WSDA is continuing to monitor these events and will update everyone as we know more. If you have any questions about water fluoridation in Renton or would like to get invloved, contact Mike Walsh at or by phone at (206) 448-1914.

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