- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Voters in the Vermont town of Bennington have voted against adding fluoride to the water to prevent tooth decay, an idea that’s been discussed since 1963.

The Bennington Banner reports (https://bit.ly/Jea059) the measure was defeated Tuesday at Town Meeting by a vote of 1,539 to 1,117.

The Bennington Oral Health Coalition, founded in 2012, had received the necessary amount of signatures to put the question on the ballot. The measure sought to adjust the natural level of fluoride in the Bennington water system to a level recommended for preventing tooth decay.

Sue Andrews of the coalition said better dental outcomes translates into economic advantages.

The Bennington Citizens Against Fluoridated Water formed in opposition to the proposal.

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Information from: Bennington Banner, https://www.benningtonbanner.com

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