Don't risk oral health to save water

03/08/2014 2:03 PM

03/07/2014 3:16 PM

Re "Council backs payouts for tearing out a lawn" (Our Region, March 5): I commend the Sacramento City Council for taking an innovative approach to encouraging water conservation. The "cash for grass" program that provides rebates for homeowners who replace their lawns with drought-tolerant landscaping sounds like a good idea.

What caught my eye however was the city's billboard message urging citizens to take shorter showers and brush every other tooth.

Having worked hard to keep Sacramento's water fluoridation program up and running in 2012, I fear a pattern of disregard for the oral health of our citizens.

I realize this message emphasized a tongue and cheek approach to water conservation, but if followed it could result in a penny's worth of savings to the water budget at a pound worth of expense for our residents' dental budget.

Let's hope there is still time to reconsider a more holistic message.

-- Terrence W. Jones DDS, Sacramento

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