Moncton council to decide on whether to restore water fluoridation

Published on September 13, 2017

MONCTON, N.B. — Despite pleas from dentists to restore fluoride to the water supply in Moncton, N.B., at least one city councillor says he'll vote against it when council meets to make a decision next week.

Moncton ended fluoride use in 2011, and dentist Suzanne Drapeau-McNally says she has seen a dramatic increase in tooth decay among young children ever since.

But Coun. Shawn Crossman says he spent the last seven months reading studies and listening to the public, and hasn't seen any evidence to prove that fluoride prevents tooth decay.

Crossman says in fact he has seen information that fluoride can be harmful to very young children.

Drapeau-McNally says fluoride is a natural element that protects tooth enamel against the acids that cause tooth decay, and she has seen no studies to show negative impact of 0.7 parts per million of fluoride in public water supplies.

Council was supposed to make a decision this spring, but put the decision on hold until Sept. 18 to gather more information.

The Canadian Press