2000 Oral Health Report Card
Endorsed and Promoted by Surgeon General Satcher
The news release put out by Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) School of Dentistry regarding the first national Oral Health Report Card began: "Oregon has nothing to smile about" and quickly pointed out the state got the worst grade for having one of America's lowest percentages of fluoridated water. Then came quotes from three dentists calling for mandatory statewide fluoridation. OHSU dental school hopes poor report card will be a wake-up call.
The press release failed to mention that the Report Card showed that Oregon kids had the same or lower cavity rates than kids in 19 other states, 14 of which had more water fluoridation.
Something else the 2000 Oral Health Report Card revealed: Oregon also got a high grade for the percentage of people 65 and older who had not lost all their natural teeth. Only Hawaii scored better. And like Oregon, Hawaii also got the worst grade for water fluoridation. But here's how fluoride pushers reported it, waving the Surgeon General flag:
"Dr. Bruce Goldberg, director of Oregon's Department of Human Services, outlined the need: 'Among Oregonians over age 60, 18 percent have lost all their teeth to preventable dental disease. Many of the health problems that result from tooth decay and oral disease can be prevented with water fluoridation.'
"Dr. Goldberg echoed other public health leaders, including the U.S. Surgeon General, declaring the overwhelming evidence to support fluoridation: 'Studies show that individuals living in communities with fluoridated water supplies experience a reduction in tooth decay of 18-40 percent*, with no negative health impacts.' "
Opinion piece in The Oregonian, April 13, 2007
After the national data revealed no correlation between increased water fluoridation and reduced cavities, this first Oral Health Report Card was taken out of circulation, and subsequent report cards no longer even measured kids' cavity rates the whole rationale for water fluoridation in the first place.
Surgeon General David Satcher still endorsed the 2000 Report Card, saying its "findings support what we found nationally in the surgeon general's report." (USA Today, Oct. 9, 2000) And despite the lack of correlation between fluoridation and tooth decay, a year later Satcher claimed "community water fluoridation has been the cornerstone of caries prevention in the United States" his often-cited endorsement/sales pitch.
* Why you should not believe the fluoridation sales pitch