Fluoridated Communities Pay More for Dental Care

Fluoridated communities pay more for dental care. This bold staement is based on data provided by the State of California, Department of Health Services, Medical Statistics Section for recipients qualified for Medi-Cal dental treatments for 1994 and 1995. Medi-Cal pays for dental treatment of low-income families and children.

Their data shows:

The dental costs for fluoridated communities increased between the years of 1994 and 1995 while the costs for non-fluoridated communities actually decreased.

In Northern California where Alameda, Contra Costa and San Francisco counties are fluoridated, cost increased almost by 5% whereas Santa Clara county, which is virtually nonfluoridated had a 5% decrease in costs. A 10% difference in costs in one year.

Proponents of fluoridation say they want fluoridation for the less fortunate children who may not be able to have regular dental care. From the actual statistics, it appears that children exposed to fluoridated water are experiencing a 10% increase in dental problems!

If fluoridation actually reduces cavities, then dental costs (due to fewer cavities) should be likewise be reduced.