The following is an ‘Ask The Mayor’ question submitted to TLS, and the Mayor’s response. Email your questions for the Mayor to [email protected].
After visiting the dentist recently with one of my children, The hygienist told me that Lakewood children have a much higher rate of developing cavities than other children, possibly due to the fact that our water has no fluoride added to it. How can we go about getting fluoride added to our water so that our children’s teeth can stay healthy?
Response from Mayor Coles:
Believe it or not, putting fluoride in water is a very controversial topic. Both water companies in town do not fluoridate the water supply.
Fortunately, fluoride treatment is a common treatment available at the dentist. All 3 of my children were raised in Lakewood. They had regular dental checkups once or twice a year. All 3 got through to adulthood with a lot fewer cavities that I had at their age.
The important thing is to make sure everyone gets regular dental checkups and cleanings.
It can save your life, the same way it saved mine.
Almost 10 years ago my hygienist didn’t like the look of my pallet and suggested it get it checked out. It turned out to be an oral cavity cancer. Early diagnosis and the wonderful doctors and staff at Sloane Kettering Cancer Center are probably responsible for me being here to type this message to you.
I still see my dentist & hygienist 3 times a year. This year to mark my 10 anniversary, I intend to celebrate with them. With sugar free treats of course!
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