Dr. Marilyn Moses MP (PAIS) supports fluoride in drinking water
WILLEMSTAD – The member of Parliament for PAIS, Dr. Marilyn Moses indicated that she is in favor of fluoride in water. Because she’s a General Practitioner, her opinion weighs heavily in the discussion on fluoride in drinking water. She unites herself with the Minister of Public Health, Dr. Ben Whiteman, who also said that fluoride will not be taken out of the water. Dr. Whiteman is also a General Practitioner.
Some activists are pushing for the removal of fluoride from the drinking water in Curacao, without actually investigating the pro’s and con’s. Dr. Moses shares the thought that any decision to decrease or to completely stop adding fluoride in water must be based on a thorough research. According to the MP, fluoride in drinking water is a great achievement of the public health. She says the following on the discussion; “These last weeks there were many discussions on the issue of adding fluoride to the drinking water. Special groups, especially in the area of alternative medicines are even advocating to stop adding fluoride in our drinking water. This while the World Health Organization (WHO) is considering the intervention of adding fluoride in drinking water as one of the biggest achievements in the public health. Fluoride is a mineral which appears in natural waters like for example wells. Since 1950 many countries have decided to add fluoride in the drinking waters because of the protective effects it has on our teeth. In 1960 Curacao started to add this mineral in our drinking water.
It is a safe, economic way without making any distinction in classes to prevent decaying teeth. The allowed fluoride dosage in drinking waters should be, according to WHO, 0.5 – 1.5 ppm. If this dosage is maintained then the issue of decaying teeth is considerably reduced. In Curacao our dosage is 1.5 ppm. If we also consider that these last years a relation between decaying teeth and cardiovascular problems has been discovered, like for example heart attack and stroke, it can be concluded that there is even more reason to ad fluoride to our drinking water.
The Netherlands used to add fluoride to their drinking water between 1960 and 1976. In 1976 the High Council (HC) prohibited this practice through the so called ‘fluoride arrest’. The reason was because they didn’t have any legislation to support adding fluoride in their water. The Netherlands then proceeded to do another intervention on the level of public health to obtain the benefits of fluoride for the community by adding fluoride tablets in the insurance packages.
Fluoride in our drinking water is legal in Curacao since we do have legislation to support this. Any decision to reduce or eliminate it from our water must be based on a research and has to have an added value to the public health. When it is about public health it must be based on evidence, which means that it has to be based on scientific evidence taking into account different factors like, the country’s climate, access to dental care, dental care costumes and access to dental care products.