Sonoma County’s debate on putting fluoride in our water system is heating up. It will cost more than $10 million to establish and more to maintain. Some people think it’s an effective way to help children grow up with healthy teeth - others consider it a poison in our water system. As the discussion continues, we have opportunities to learn the pros and cons of this concept.
The ReThink Your Drink Campaign is a perfect example of why this isn’t a simple solution. People don’t drink tap water. They drink bottled water, soda, coffee, fruit juice and more. Putting a glass under the faucet isn’t the most common way to ingest liquid.
This campaign is especially targeting Latino communities where people have grown up with a distrust of tap water. This same community is the target for fluoride because children coming to emergency rooms with severe dental decay are primarily Latino children.
ReThink Your Drink tells us that people are choosing sugared drinks that are cheaper than bottled water. These sugared drinks are rotting our children’s teeth. Can we convince people to drink fluoridated tap water to save their teeth? Read on…
Sonoma County: The Foodie Haven That Loves Its Water
By Cat Neushul
Sonoma County is a trendsetter when it comes to food and beverages. So locals are hoping to leverage that reputation for the health of the nation, as the Rethink Your Drinkcampaign hits the Santa Rosa Wednesday Night Farmers’ Market July 11.
Environmental exposures are in the news again. Actually, I guess they never really left. With the new administration taking charge, questions about the role of government in protecting the health of the population become important to consider.
Sonoma County Health Centers advocates for health care and public awareness of community health centers on national, state, county, and local levels. Sometimes our advocacy efforts require us to mobilize our volunteers to show support for health care issues that concern our patients and participate in annual health care events in a variety of ways.
Kaiser-funded initiative to gather data on childhood dental needs, test school-based treatment strategies
A trip to the dentist is as easy as A, B, C at three Santa Rosa City Schools elementary schools serving as test sites for simplifying state-mandated oral health screenings of kindergartners and for school-based delivery of dental care.
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If you’re in a happy relationship, perhaps this slightly sardonic take on The War of the Sexes will make you even more grateful for how wonderful true love can be. But, if you’re in a situation that is proving less than workable, and you’ve been eyeing the exit, perhaps one of these items will crystalize your resolve.
How to think about Healdsburg Measure T
Healdsburg is the only town in Sonoma County that fluoridates its water. In the 2014 Measure M campaign to stop fluoridation, and the 2016 Measure T campaign to require safety-related information on Healdsburg’s fluoridation chemical, the California Dental Association (CDA), almost exclusively, funded both campaigns to keep fluoridation, swamping the many small local contributions for safe water.