Letter: Snowmass: Reconsider fluoride vote
Executive director, Aspen to Parachute Dental Health Alliance
At the Snowmass Water & Sanitation District Board meeting July 17, three members of the board voted to discontinue water fluoridation. One board member voted “no,” and one board member was not in attendance. This measure impacts children’s health and adults’ health, as oral health is integral to overall health. The board president Joe Farrell was against this decision, and he suggested the importance of reaching out to the customers of Snowmass Water & Sanitation for a public meeting where scientific information would be presented. I once again offered to bring in Dr. Bill Bailey, who is Professor and Delta Dental Endowed Chair for Early Childhood Caries Prevention, University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine, Anschutz Medical Campus. Dr. Bailey is a former U.S. assistant surgeon general, and he is an expert on water fluoridation.
This policy decision was made without a formal mention of a vote on the agenda, and I feel that this vote should have been publicly announced so Snowmass residents would have had an opportunity to learn more and provide their perspectives to the debate.
Aspen to Parachute Dental Health Alliance is promoting access to care for all residents in Pitkin, Garfield and Eagle counties. This is a blow to Pitkin County, which is already facing an access-to-care shortage for its residents. I would urge the Snowmass Water & Sanitation District Board to recall this vote and reinstate water fluoridation until the public has an opportunity to learn more about the science and peer-reviewed research. This policy decision impacts all the residents, and it makes APDHA’s efforts as well as the work of our wonderful dental community that much more difficult.
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