As part of his cancellation of decisions made by his predecessor, former health minister MK Yael German, Deputy Health Minister Ya’acov Litzman has decided in principle to restore fluoridation of the country’s drinking water.
German decided to prohibit the addition of fluoride to potable water soon after taking office two years ago, against the professional advice of public health and dental experts who said it would endanger children’s teeth.
Her decision against fluoridation was opposed by many mayors and heads of local authorities concerned about the fact that lack of fluoride in the water would damage the teeth of children, especially the poor whose parents didn’t know about cavity prevention or couldn’t afford special toothpaste or dental care. Some of the burden of repairing their teeth would then fall on the shoulders of local government.
Leading academics in dental medicine and public health even submitted a petition against her and the ministry to the High Court of Justice in an effort to abrogate the law she pushed through the Knesset.
It is to be heard on July 15.