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Tennessee communities consider water fluoridation

August 10, 2016

By Michelle Manchir

Water utility commissioners in Soddy Daisy, Tennessee, voted 6-1 in July to cease water fluoridation to its 7,500 customers.

According to local news reports, the vote came after input from the community, which included comments from area dentists who discussed the safety and benefits of fluoridation.

The motion will go into effect immediately.

Meanwhile, Jonesborough, Tennessee, town officials have been discussing whether to continue the local fluoridation program.  Town leadership conducted a survey with water customers, asking whether they want to continue fluoridation. Of 782 surveys received, 355 said yes, 51 were undecided and 376 said no, according to a local news report.

City officials are expected to continue researching the topic.

The ADA Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations works with state and local dental societies, as well as individual members, to ensure communities involved in initiating or working to retain fluoridation programs are aware of the Association's support for fluoridation.

The Association can send letters of support for fluoridation to decision-makers in communities. Anyone who would like a letter to be sent to a community in their state can contact Jane McGinley, manager of fluoridation and prevention health activities for the council.

For more information about fluoride and community water fluoridation, including resources from the ADA, visit ADA.org/fluoride.