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July 2, 2014 12:00 AM

Fluoridation is public health, it’s not forced medication

The battle against fluoridation is like the battle against vaccinations. It never stops, and it’s a continuing threat to public health. But like many minerals, fluoride functions as a micronutrient in the right concentrations. It strengthens teeth and bones. It occurs naturally in water; in some communities, Mother Nature already provides optimal levels of it. Since low-fluoride cities began adding it to their public water supplies in the 1940s and 1950s, it has been spectacularly successful at preventing tooth decay in children.

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