Local Advocates and Protestors of Fluoride Deeply Divided

4 years 15 hours 16 minutes ago December 05, 2012 Dec 5, 2012 Wednesday, December 05 2012 Wednesday, December 05, 2012 5:36:00 PM CST in News
By: Gina Cook

COLUMBIA - Many U.S. cities use fluoride in the water supply to prevent tooth decay, and have for decades, but some Columbia residents want the chemical out of their water.

Amy Bremer, a chemical engineer, is one resident that recently brought the issue of fluoride to the Columbia City Council. Bremer claims the practice of adding it to the water supply is mass medication and it's unecessary.

"The CDC actually said, based on a number of studies, said fluoride is only effective topically, not when ingested. So, swallowing it doesn't do anything positive for you so from that aspect, water fluoridation is a pointless practice," Bremer said.

But on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, it states that water fluoridation is a "safe and healthy way" to prevent tooth decay.

Dana Clemons, a dental hygeinist for Missouri Sedation Dentistry, said she expects to see more patients with cavities if the city stops adding fluoride to the water. Clemons added the importance of fluoride in the water starts at a very young age.

"It starts in utero, really, as a mom is drinking fluoride, the fluoride then can help strengthen the baby's teeth as they're forming in the womb and then as children, after they're born and growing as they're adult teeth are forming and the fluoride will help strengthen those teeth as well," Clemons said.

Bremer, who is six months pregnant, disagrees and said she worries fluoride could be harming her children.

"My three-year-old loves to take a bath every night and so every night when I put her in the bathtub I think about that, you know, she's basically getting a dose of fluoride that I can't control," Bremer said.

Fluoride can cause dental fluorosis, a change in the appearance of tooth enamel, in children and Bremer is concerned it might harm the bones inside the body. She said while dentists may still be in favor of fluoride, it does not mean it is safe.

"People put a lot of faith in their dentists and doctors, but you know, again, if they're not keeping up with the literature...you can know just as much as they do on a particular subject," Bremer said. "You might not be able to fill a tooth, but you can certainly read the literature."

In 2011, Columbia's fluoride levels were .65 milligrams per liter, and, according to Connie Kacprowicz, spokesperson for Columbia Water and Light, fluoride levels were actually .35 milligrams higher several years ago.

Last year, Kacprowicz said the city spent $47,000 to add fluoride to Columbia's water. She added, however, that cost is a very small portion of the organization's budget and stopping fluoridation is ultimately up to the city to decide.

"It's really up to the community on whether they want us to continue to add fluoride, there still will be a small portion of fluoride because it's a naturally occurring substance in this area." Kacprowicz said.

Columbia's health department is consulting with Bremer and conducting research on both sides of the issue. It expects to give a report to the board of health by January and the city council will then vote whether to stop fluoridation in February.

 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - Residents in the Columbia area will be able to speak their minds Tuesday at a public hearing about... More >>
5 hours ago December 06, 2016 Dec 6, 2016 Tuesday, December 06 2016 Tuesday, December 06, 2016 2:35:00 AM CST in News
COLUMBIA - Two members of the Delta Upsilon fraternity, who wished to remain anonymous, told KOMU 8 News Monday night... More >>
8 hours ago December 05, 2016 Dec 5, 2016 Monday, December 05 2016 Monday, December 05, 2016 11:33:00 PM CST in News
ST. LOUIS - Governor-elect Eric Greitens' wife Sheena was robbed at gunpoint Monday night. According to KSDK, St. Louis Police... More >>
10 hours ago December 05, 2016 Dec 5, 2016 Monday, December 05 2016 Monday, December 05, 2016 9:49:00 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri is seeing an increase in the number of state highway fatalities, and MoDOT is worried it's... More >>
12 hours ago December 05, 2016 Dec 5, 2016 Monday, December 05 2016 Monday, December 05, 2016 7:19:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - A group of University of Missouri students exceeded everybody's expectations in gift giving this holiday season, and the... More >>
13 hours ago December 05, 2016 Dec 5, 2016 Monday, December 05 2016 Monday, December 05, 2016 6:49:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA – Columbia is looking to cut down on traffic deaths and serious injuries, and is looking to join a... More >>
13 hours ago December 05, 2016 Dec 5, 2016 Monday, December 05 2016 Monday, December 05, 2016 6:36:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA – The Columbia City Council voted 5-2 in opposition to an ordinance that would have revised some licensing regulations... More >>
13 hours ago December 05, 2016 Dec 5, 2016 Monday, December 05 2016 Monday, December 05, 2016 6:10:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - Engineering crews kicked off three months of work on Nifong Blvd. on Monday as part of the road's... More >>
14 hours ago December 05, 2016 Dec 5, 2016 Monday, December 05 2016 Monday, December 05, 2016 5:49:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - The fourth annual CoMoGives Campaign has some lofty goals for the 2016 holiday season, hoping to raise more... More >>
17 hours ago December 05, 2016 Dec 5, 2016 Monday, December 05 2016 Monday, December 05, 2016 2:19:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA — Columbia police grew furry faces during a No Shave November fundraiser to benefit a local children's home. ... More >>
18 hours ago December 05, 2016 Dec 5, 2016 Monday, December 05 2016 Monday, December 05, 2016 1:59:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA — A single-car crash left a Fulton woman dead on Interstate 70 near Highway 40 and the Midway Travel... More >>
18 hours ago December 05, 2016 Dec 5, 2016 Monday, December 05 2016 Monday, December 05, 2016 1:53:00 PM CST in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A fatal shooting on Interstate 55 in south St. Louis has forced closure of all southbound... More >>
18 hours ago December 05, 2016 Dec 5, 2016 Monday, December 05 2016 Monday, December 05, 2016 1:35:24 PM CST in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis-area businessman and three other men will have a hearing Tuesday in federal court... More >>
18 hours ago December 05, 2016 Dec 5, 2016 Monday, December 05 2016 Monday, December 05, 2016 1:24:17 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA — Columbia police officers arrested Edward Rosson Sunday night after he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend while holding a machete... More >>
19 hours ago December 05, 2016 Dec 5, 2016 Monday, December 05 2016 Monday, December 05, 2016 1:01:00 PM CST in News
CLAYTON (AP) — A Missouri man is jailed on $500,000 cash bond after being accused of telling co-workers he was... More >>
19 hours ago December 05, 2016 Dec 5, 2016 Monday, December 05 2016 Monday, December 05, 2016 12:58:25 PM CST in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri woman has been arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and involuntary manslaughter in a... More >>
19 hours ago December 05, 2016 Dec 5, 2016 Monday, December 05 2016 Monday, December 05, 2016 12:32:13 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA — We are fast-approaching the end of the holiday season and that time of year when some of us... More >>
19 hours ago December 05, 2016 Dec 5, 2016 Monday, December 05 2016 Monday, December 05, 2016 12:09:00 PM CST in News
WAYNESVILLE — Pulaski County Sheriff Ronald Long will advise detectives investigating a discovery of an adolescent's remains to close the... More >>
20 hours ago December 05, 2016 Dec 5, 2016 Monday, December 05 2016 Monday, December 05, 2016 11:47:16 AM CST in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 32°
8am 33°
9am 35°
10am 37°
11am 39°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

7:00a
Today
11:00a
Rachael Ray
12:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Noon
8:00a
The Steve Wilkos Show
9:00a
The Steve Wilkos Show
10:00a
Jerry Springer

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
The Voice
8:00p
This Is Us
9:00p
Chicago Fire
7:00p
The Flash
8:00p
No Tomorrow
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld