Fluoride Action Network

Edgartown to hold public forum on water fluoridation

Source: The Martha’s Vineyard Times | February 28th, 2018 | By Brian Dowd

The Edgartown board of health will be holding a forum for the public to learn about the value of community water fluoridation.

Water fluoridation has been a contentious topic nationally and on the Island. Proponents of water fluoridation say having fluoride put into the public water is beneficial, as it strengthens teeth and prevents cavities. Opponents of water fluoridation say it is not healthy, and that the addition of fluoride into public water should not be a decision of local, state, or federal government, but the decision of each individual household.

Edgartown voters were angered in November when Edgartown board of health members Harold Zadeh and Dr. Garrett Orazem voted 2-1 in favor of adding fluoride to the water. Board of health member Kathie Case abstained.

The decision on whether to add fluoride to the town water supply will be up to the voters on the Edgartown annual town ballot on April 12.