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Health Unit Monitoring Fluoridation Cessation Effects

The Windsor Essex Health Unit says it’s too early to determine if removing fluoride from the area’s water supply is having an impact on tooth decay in the region.

A recent study found a worsening in the decay of baby teeth in Calgary children compared to children in Edmonton where water still contains fluoride.

Medical Officer of Health Dr. Gary Kirk says the health unit is collecting data to present to city council when they revisit the issue in 2018.

“We’ll have a better idea if those concerns are realized locally as we get closer to the five year moratorium,” says Kirk.

The Windsor Utilities Commission stopped adding fluoride to the water in March 2013 after a lengthy debate at Windsor City Council.

The health unit and area dentists warned a spike in tooth decay would be the result of removing fluoride especially for children who cannot afford regular dental care.

“The results of the study that was put out really aren’t that surprising to the health unit,” says Kirk.