Toronto Votes to Continue Community Water Fluoridation

April 6, 2011

The Toronto Board of Health voted to continue community water fluoridation in the city of Toronto, during an open meeting held on April 4.

Dr. David McKeown, Toronto’s medical officer of health, drafted a report that recommended the board continue to fluoridate Toronto’s water supply—which the city has been doing since 1963. In a unanimous vote, the board reaffirmed its support of water fluoridation at the current level of 0.6 milligrams per litre.

At the meeting, the presidents of the Ontario Dental Association and the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario were among those who presented to the board about the benefits of water fluoridation, emphasizing its safety, cost-effectiveness and oral health benefits for children and other groups with limited access to care.

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