State legislation on water fluoridation also has a bearing on this issue.
State Assembly Bill 733, which became law in 1995, requires water systems in California that have 10,000 or more service connections to fluoridate the water.
Annually MMWD receives about 1 million dollars in rental income from antenna site and property leases.
This income qualifies as an “outside source.” A careful review shows that even if there were a ballot measure within MMWD’s service area to overturn the 1978 fluoridation ballot measure, there is a strong argument and likelihood that the district would still be required to fluoridate the water supply because:• MMWD has more than 10,000 service connections• MMWD has outside income to pay the annual costs of fluoridation • You can breast feed. Nursing mothers or pregnant women who drink fluoridated water do not pass on significant amounts of fluoride to their child. • You can use powdered or liquid concentrate formula mixed with water that either is fluoride-free or has low concentrations of fluoride.(Source: American Dental Association) Please visit this CDC site for more information.
No, MMWD does not have the authority to stop fluoridating.Studies prove water fluoridation continues to help prevent tooth decay by at least 25% in children and adults, even with fluoride available from other sources, such as toothpaste. Look for one with the ADA Seal of Acceptance to make sure it contains fluoride.Mouthwash with fluoride can help make your teeth more resistant to decay, but children six years or younger should not use it unless it’s been recommended by a dentist.Many children younger than 6 are more likely to swallow it than spit it out because their swallowing reflexes aren’t fully developed.Visit Your Dentist for a Professional Application If you have a good chance of getting cavities, your dentist can apply fluoride directly to your teeth during your dental visit with a gel, foam or rinse.The California Department of Public Health requires all drinking water additives, including fluoride, to meet the requirements of NSF 60, the nationally recognized health effects standard for chemicals used to treat drinking water.47 states require that chemicals used in the treatment of potable water meet the NSF 60 standard. Fluoride is a natural mineral found in soil, fresh water, sea water, plants and many foods.There is no chemical difference between fluoride present naturally and that which is added to the water supply.However, if your child is exclusively consuming infant formula reconstituted with fluoridated water, there may be an increased chance for mild dental fluorosis.To lessen this chance, the CDC suggests that parents can use low-fluoride bottled water some of the time to mix infant formula; these bottled waters are labeled as de-ionized, purified, demineralized, or distilled.