The goal of the Fluoride Yes! Campaign is to promote the health and wellbeing of every Calgarian, and especially Calgary’s children, seniors and other health-vulnerable residents, by encouraging voters to vote Yes in the fluoridation plebiscite question in the municipal election on October 18, 2021.
Tooth measurements in 7 year-old children who lived all their
life in Calgary or Edmonton, 2019.
|Decay: deft mean||3.2||2.0||1.2|
|Children with any deft||60.8%||44.5%||16.3%|
|Decay: DMFT mean||0.26||0.19||0.07|
|Children with any DMFT||15.4%||12.4%||3%|
|Staining or pitting (severe)||0.1%||0.5%||0.4%|
deft score: decay of deciduous teeth: decay (d), extracted (e) or filled (f) teeth
DMFT score: decay of permanent teeth: decay (D) missing (M) or filled (F) teeth
From: Lindsay McLaren, Steven K. Patterson, Peter Faris, Guanmin Chen, Salima Thawer, Rafael Figueiredo, Cynthia Weijs, Deborah McNeil, Arianna Waye, Melissa Potestio.
Fluoridation cessation and children’s dental caries: A 7-year follow-up evaluation of Grade 2 schoolchildren in Calgary and Edmonton, Canada
Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 2021;00:1–13.
Fluoridation means topping up the already occurring natural amounts in Calgary’s water supply to address the significant and serious decline in our children’s oral health.
Fluoride is the negative ion of fluorine, an element that is a beneficial nutrient. Calgary water naturally contains fluoride but in insufficient amounts to be therapeutic. The recommended therapeutic amount of fluoridation in the drinking water is 0.7 parts per million. Calgarians favoured community water fluoridation in the two recent plebiscites (1989 and 1998), and it was removed without consultation in 2011 by city council.
Community water fluoridation reduces dental decay by at least 25%. Dental decay is the most common chronic disease of childhood (5 times more common than asthma). Children with untreated dental decay can have difficulty eating, sleeping, growing, playing, concentrating and attending school. A recent study showed, again, that the removal of fluoridation has led to worse outcomes to Calgary's children.
To prevent dental decay safely and effectively, community water fluoridation is recommended by Alberta Health Services, the Public Health Agency of Canada and the US Centers for Disease Control, among every other major public health, dental and medical organization in North America, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.
Fluoride Yes! has filed for registration as a Third-Party Advertiser under the Local Authorities Election Act (Alberta) to advocate in the plebiscite for fluoridation. For more information about fluoridation in Calgary, please see www.Fluoridation.care.
Please consider taking action, and supporting the return of community water fluoridation by getting involved. Here are some ways that you can help:
Sign our petition—and share it with your community.
Stay connected with our team by subscribing to updates from the campaign to know what's going on.
Get a sign for your lawn or window to show your support in your neighbourhood.
Consider volunteering with our team. We’d welcome your help to work together to win on October 18th.
The Fluoride Yes! campaign is funded by Calgarians and run by a grassroots team of community members. We need your support. With donations from committed community members like you, we can print brochures, buy signs for lawns and windows and chat with our neighbours on voting yes this October 18th.
Step 6. Vote!
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