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Windsor-Essex Numbers

33% of our community has no dental insurance.

The Health Unit spends $2 million per year on dental programs for low-income children.

20 000 children were screened in 2012. 17% of children qualified for treatment, and of those, 12% were categorized as having urgent dental needs

Ending water fluoridation could cost between $2.8 to $11.6 million.

Recent Decisions
Several communities have recently voted to keep fluoride in their water supply.
Fluoride: Just the Facts
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral found in soil, water, and some foods. This mineral is also commonly added to tap water to help prevent tooth decay (cavities). Fluoride is no longer added to tap water in Windsor and several local towns.
Position Statement

The Board of Health of the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit supports community water fluoridation. Adding fluoride to the drinking water supply remains a safe, effective, economical, equitable, and ethical practice for our entire community. It benefits all residents, regardless of age, socioeconomic status, education, employment, or dental insurance status.

City Council Meeting

On January 28, 2013, Windsor City Council voted to direct the Windsor Utilities Commission to cease the fluoridation of the City of Windsor water supply. You can get more information about the meeting here.

Fluoridation Facts
Fluoride, a naturally occurring mineral, has been found to stop, prevent, and even reverse the process of tooth decay. This finding is strongly supported by an extensive body of Canadian and international research. Read on for more facts about fluoride.
15 Years, 18 Reviews
There is a lot of scientific support for adding fluoride to water. You can read the articles the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has reviewed to support our position here.

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