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Two Pinellas candidates seek to make fluoridation a campaign issue

Source: Tampa Bay Times | July 29th, 2012 | By Anna M. Phillips, Times Staff Writer
Location: United States, Florida

… The cavity-fighting mineral has a starring role in the campaigns of two Democrats seeking to oust Republican incumbents from their county commission seats. Both candidates want to turn the election into a referendum on the commission’s 4-3 vote last year to end fluoridation, a practice backed by federal health officials who say it has helped reduce tooth decay by 25 percent nationwide.

Some 700,000 people — 75 percent of the county — were affected by the vote. The Democrats are betting that many of them, including a large number of local dentists, will take their displeasure to the polls on Nov. 6. …

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