The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the American Dental Association (ADA), and the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) are all claiming that every $1 spent on water fluoridation prevents $38 in dental treatment costs… but this statement is FALSE! Nate Smith, MD / Director / State Health Officer, brought up this so-called “savings” to Arkansas Department of Health Board during their quarterly meeting in July 2015, and that is why we are writing this alert.
Click here to read an article which competently refutes the so-called “savings” in dental treatment costs because of water fluoridation. We’ve included a snippet directly below.
A Critique of Recent Economic Evaluations of Community Water Fluoridation
By Lee Ko & Kathleen M. Thiessen
Background: Although Community Water Fluoridation (CWF) results in a range of potential contaminant exposures, little attention has been given to many of the possible impacts. A central argument for CWF is its cost-effectiveness. The U.S. Government states that $1 spent on CWF saves $38 in dental treatment costs. Objective: To examine the reported cost-effectiveness of CWF.
Methods: Methods and underlying data from the primary U.S. economic evaluation of CWF are analyzed and corrected calculations are described. Other recent economic evaluations are also examined. Results: Recent economic evaluations of CWF contain defective estimations of both costs and benefits. Incorrect handling of dental treatment costs and flawed estimates of effectiveness lead to overestimated benefits. The real-world costs to water treatment plants and communities are not reflected.
Conclusions: Minimal correction reduced the savings to $3 per person per year (PPPY) for a best-case scenario, but this savings is eliminated by the estimated cost of treating dental fluorosis.
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Click here to read “The Fallacies of Alberta Health Services Position (AHS) on Artificial Water Fluoridation Exposed” that also rebutes the FALSE CLAIM of the U.S. Government that “every $1 spent on water fluoridation prevents $38 in dental treatment”.
The method of cost analysis used in the Griffin study mentioned in the full report of this article is manipulative and deceptive, making unjustifiable assumptions.
It excludes the major costs of water fluoridation while including factors like loss of pay for the time parents spend taking their children to the dentist. Isn’t this an obvious attempt to skew the data in favour of fluoridation?
The study says, “We assumed that the costs of dental fluorosis attributable to water fluoridation are negligible.” An unwise and deceptive assumption given that millions of North Americans have some form of dental fluorosis (mottling, staining or pitting of tooth enamel), with rates in fluoridated cities as high as 75%!
“The cost of repairing teeth damaged by fluorosis is not trivial; moderate to severe effects can require $15,000 or more in dental fees.”
– From the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment’s (CAPE) Position on the Fluoridation of Drinking Water
Fluoridation is anything but cost effective. A mere 1% of municipal water is consumed while the rest is used for showering, flushing toilets and watering lawns. Who in their right mind would dump 99% of a purchased commodity down the drain?
The study referred to by Alberta Health Services (AHS) is pure spin!
Public water fluoridation is costly in all respects.
Why not just dump 99% of this toxin straight into the river? Isn’t this exactly what is happening?
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