An alarming 2011 county report detailed at length the deteriorating state of oral health in Sonoma County, particularly among low-income children. As the county Task Force on Oral Health underscored in its analysis, the county is seeing “a staggering burden of suffering and a growing oral health divide between rich and poor.”

… Last year, the Board of Supervisors, by a unanimous vote, approved moving ahead with preliminary studies on fluoridating the region’s water supply. In the coming days or weeks, the staff is supposed to report back with those reports and seek further direction….

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