The College of Dental Hygienists of Manitoba (CDHM) and the Manitoba Dental Hygienists Association (MDHA) both support community water fluoridation (at the recommended levels by Health Canada) as a safe and cost effective means of preventing dental caries for all Manitobans.

A Fluoridation Strategic Group was recently formed in response to concerns regarding communities that have recently had fluoride removed from their systems. The group consisted of representatives from the Manitoba Dental Association (MDA), the CDHM, the MDHA, the Manitoba Dental Assistants Association (MDAA), Manitoba Health and the University of Manitoba. This group was formed to be proactive regarding the fluoride debate at a local and provincial level.

You may have recently received booklets and speaking notes from the MDA specifically created by this working group for dentists, registered dental hygienists, and registered dental assistants on the benefits of community water fluoridation. The intent of this initiative was to produce resources to help educate the public about the safety and efficacy of community water fluoridation in the prevention of dental caries.

As you may be aware, the Canadian Dental Hygienist’s Association (CDHA) has recently released a document to answer frequently asked questions regarding community water fluoridation.

The Chief Dental Officer of Canada, Dr. Peter Cooney, has also indicated that “The big advantage of water fluoridation is that it benefits all residents in a community, regardless of age, socioeconomic status, education, or employment. Health Canada continues to support water fluoridation as a safe, cost effective public health measure, and encourages Canadians to review respected and credible sources of information to reach their own conclusions about water fluoridation.”
Additional resources supporting community water fluoridation include:
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ewh-semt/water-eau/drink-potab/health-sante/faq_fluoride-fluorure-eng.php

http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/alt_formats/pacrb-dgapcr/pdf/iyh-vsv/environ/fluor-eng.pdf

Thank you,

The CDHM and the MDHA

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