Watertown Council Hears Pro-Fluoride Side
The debate over whether to continue adding fluoride to the city of Watertown's water supply continued Monday night.
The conversation had been dominated by those who want to stop adding the chemical, but on Monday those in favor had their chance.
Dr. Jayanth Kumar, the director of the state Department of Health's dental bureau spoke to the city council in support of fluoridation.
He was asked to speak after an anti-fluoridation group brought in chemist Paul Connett, who said fluoridation could cause cancer and lower IQs.
Kumar says that's just not true.
"We've fluoridated one part per million and other than dental fluorosis -- a condition that affects teeth -- we haven't see any adverse effects even at four parts per million."
Kumar says for every dollar put into fluoridation, 38 dollars is saved in public dental costs.
Friday, December 20, 2013, Watertown, NY
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