Cheryl Willett is a passionate advocate for improving the oral health of children. It's hard not to be when you see the swelling, the fever and other signs of Sonoma County's monumental problem with decay every day.
“It's amazing. Some of these kids come in and their parents say they have not been complaining about pain,” said Willett, a pediatric dentist and director of St. Joseph's Dental Clinic in Southwest Santa Rosa. “But I honestly don't think the children know what it means not to be in pain. That is their normal.”
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But there's reason to believe that's changing.
Exhibit A is the unanimous decision by the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday to move forward with studies — believe it or not — on fluoridating the region's water supply.
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What's interesting is
One speaker alleged that it was a tool for “mass mind control.” Another called it a “witches' brew of pollutants.”
Supervisor Mike McGuire pushed back, calling the contentions “off the charts” and said these theories were “an absolute insult.” Supervisor David Rabbitt compared the arguments against fluoridation to the fear-based complaints about vaccinations, a paranoia that unfortunately contributed to Sonoma County having the second highest per-capita rate of whooping cough in the state last year. “As a society we're now living longer than ever, thanks to those vaccines, thanks to fluoride for our teeth,” he said. “That's a fact.”