Guilford County Democrats held a great convention on Saturday, April 16. Speeches from candidates and approval of 27 resolutions reaffirmed the courage of Democrats to stand up for civil and human rights and the dignity of all persons.
One resolution failed. It called for ending the use of municipal water to impose dental treatment with fluoride on everyone who drinks water, cooks with water, bathes, swims, and patronizes restaurants and coffee shops. Maybe a quarter of the convention supported the resolution, but the majority opposed it.
Think about it. When was the last time voters decided that you should be taking blood pressure medicine or that your child should have ADHD medication? Fluoridation is no different.
So many people don’t recognize fluoridation as a civil rights issue because we’ve heard all our lives that it’s safe, effective, and a legitimate substitute for professional dental care when people can’t afford it. Most dentists have never investigated the evidence for themselves. Those who do, discover that all three claims are false.
But true or false, there are plenty of ways people can get fluoride treatment over the counter. Some people don’t want fluoride and some people shouldn’t have it, including infants and people with diabetes or kidney disease. Those households still pay their water bills, yet they’re denied equal access because they can’t use fluoridated water for many things.
Municipal water is for everyone. Fluoride treatments are not.