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Juneau has no plans to add fluoride to water following study

Source: KTUU-TV | January 16th, 2019 | By Associated Press
Location: United States, Alaska

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Juneau officials say there are no plans to resume fluoridating the drinking water in Alaska’s capital after the city stopped the practice more than a decade ago.

The Juneau Empire reports fluoridation has received renewed scrutiny after a recent study examined dental health in Juneau, finding dental costs increased for families with children under 6 years old after fluoridation stopped in January 2007.

The study was published last month in the peer-reviewed journal BMC Oral Health.

Juneau Mayor Beth Weldon says the city is unlikely to begin fluoridation again because the matter was put to a vote in a citywide election in 2007, with non-fluoridation winning the majority.

Many cities in the U.S. add the mineral fluoride to drinking water in an effort to promote better dental health.

*Original article online at https://www.ktuu.com/content/news/Juneau-has-no-plans-to-add-fluoride-to-water-following-study-504433141.html