After much debate among themselves and with others in attendance, members of the Clarksburg Water Board voted Thursday to table whether to continue adding fluoride to the drinking water.
Tabling the matter was the only thing that Water Board members could agree on, with Paul Howe and Charlie Thayer saying they still leaned toward removing fluoride from the water and President Al Cox tilting the other way.
“I don’t think there’s any dissension about fluoride being good for teeth. The thing that concerns me is what is it not good for?” Thayer said during the meeting. “Every drug we take, they all have side effects.”
Howe agreed, saying that brushing with fluoride toothpaste is one thing, but ingesting the substance is another.
“You don’t need to put it in your body,” Howe said. “The best thing is to brush your teeth and floss.”