The Hingham Board of Health will host a fluoride discussion with Aquarion Vice President of Operations John Walsh and the Hull and Cohasset boards of health Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m.
Hingham Executive Health Officer Bruce Capman said the agenda item is in response to the January 2011 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services proposed recommendation to lower the level of fluoride in tap water. “DHHS thinks that by doing so the same level of hygiene could be maintained,” Capman said.
The fact that some experts claim that when water containing a certain level of fluoride is mixed with baby formula for infants under six months, it can cause staining of the teeth is one related issue.
“This meeting is a tri-town effort to see where we should go with this issue,” Capman said. “It’s not an attempt to eliminate fluoridation but rather to consider a possible adjustment [in the level of fluoride].”
Aquarion Water Company, based in Hingham, serves customers in Hingham, Hull, and part of Cohasset.