3 U.S. towns vote for fluoridated water

An Oregon town has voted to restore fluoridated drinking water, and cities in Pennsylvania and Colorado have decided to continue community water fluoridation.

After three decades of fluoridating the water supply, officials in Philomath, OR, voted last May to discontinue fluoridation. However, in March voters approved a petition to restore it, according to an ADA News story.

Also, the Borough of Shippensburg, PA, decided in March to continue fluoridating its water after several local dentists sent letters supporting community water fluoridation.

And the city council of Aspen, CO, decided in March to continue fluoridating its water supply, but to lower its fluoridation level to 0.7 ppm.

In January 2011, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommended the level of fluoride in drinking water be set at 0.7 mg/L of water, the lowest end of the current optimal range to prevent tooth decay.

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