CLEARFIELD -- The Davis Board of Health has taken under advisement a request by a safe drinking water advocacy group to have the health department issue an advisory warning parents of the danger of overexposing infants to the fluoride in the county's drinking water.
Lorna Rosenstein, director of Waterwatch of Utah, made the request to the board early Tuesday morning at the board's quarterly meeting.
The meeting was held in the new Davis County Health Department building in Clearfield.
"There appears to be general acceptance in today's dental literature that enamel fluorosis is a toxic effect of fluoride intake," Rosenstein told the board. "On a per-body weight basis, infants and young children have approximately three to four times the exposure to fluorides than adults."
Based on that, Rosenstein said, some type of public health advisory should be issued to parents.
"Mothers who are unable to breastfeed, parents and caregivers who are not able to afford alternative water sources or ready-to-feed formula or who are unaware of the ADA's warning are at a distinct disadvantage if they live in a fluoridated community," Rosenstein said.
The request is not an attempt to reopen a public debate over drinking water fluoridation, she assured the board.
In 2004, by a 51 to 49 percent margin, county voters approved adding fluoride to the county's drinking water to prevent tooth decay.
Since then, public health officials, based on federal recommendations, have reduced the amount of fluoride being added to the county's drinking water, County Health director Lewis R. Garrett said.
When these infant advisories were issued in 2006, regarding the concerns of babies and infants being overexposed to fluoride, Garrett said, the county lowered its fluoride levels.
Rosenstein in her 10-minute presentation to the board opened the floor to questions. Board members had none.
Garrett said Rosenstein will be contacted regarding any decision the board makes regarding her request.