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.
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