Sweet Home to continue fluoridation

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SWEET HOME, Ore. (AP) - City Council members have agreed to continue adding fluoride to the water supply in Sweet Home, as the city has done for 50 years.

The Albany Democrat-Herald (http://bit.ly/1m0tACL) reports the agreement came after a 90-minute public hearing Tuesday. Council members said it’s possible that residents will gather enough petitions to put the issue to a vote in some upcoming election.

The chemical hardens tooth enamel and prevents decay.

Defenders at the hearing said it’s important for public health, especially for children and particularly for low-income people who may not provide their children with fluoride treatment.

Opponents said a medicine shouldn’t be in the water supply, that fluoride is now widely available in other ways, and that the chemical is a poison that causes health issues.

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Information from: Albany Democrat-Herald, http://www.dhonline.com

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