HAMPTON, Iowa — The Hampton City Council in northern Iowa has decided to continue adding fluoride to the city’s water.
Last month, Mayor Shawn Dietz said the city’s addition of such chemicals infringed on the individual rights of residents.
But at a council workshop this week, Dietz said council members had talked to residents and concluded that a majority wanted fluoridation to continue.
The city began adding fluoride in 1975. In 1999, it stopped because of the natural amount of fluoride found in the water. But in 2006, the city resumed adding fluoride to the supply.
Local dentists said they noticed an increase in their patients’ tooth decay when fluoride wasn’t being added. — AP
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