August 26, 2015
Today, the Denver Board of Water Commissioners voted unanimously to retain community water fluoridation! After very careful consideration and review of thousands of pages of research, letters and comments, the board made the decision to continue optimal fluoridation (0.7ppm) of the system’s drinking water. The CDA applauds Denver Water for its initiative to protect the public and its commitment to make thoughtful decisions based on fact and science regarding community water fluoridation, which has been provided to the community since 1953.
“As the largest water provider in Colorado, serving more than 1.3 million people in the city of Denver and surrounding suburbs, Denver Water sets the standard for water quality and policies for our state,” said Dr. Brett Kessler. “We appreciate the commitment shown by the board and staff of Denver Water to study this issue. The board clearly made the right decision in the interest of our community’s public health to continue fluoridating our water according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and in line with demonstrated scientific and health research.”
In July, Dr. Kessler made a presentation about the safety and effectiveness of fluoridation to the Denver Water board along with oral health experts Dr. William Bailey, of the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine, and Dr. Katya Mauritson, director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Oral Health Unit.