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(flo͝or′ĭ-dāt′, flôr′-)
tr.v. fluori·dated, fluori·dating, fluori·dates
To add a fluorine compound to (a drinking water supply, for example) for the purpose of reducing tooth decay.

fluor′i·da′tion (-dā′shən) n.

fluoridate (flôr´idāt),

v to add fluoride to a water supply.
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While communities should not be mandated to fluoridate water, she said she hopes local officials note that the vast majority of health experts and dentists support the practice.
I am satisfied that the power conferred on local authorities to fluoridate is a proportionate response to the scourge of dental decay, particularly in socially disadvantaged areas"--readers must recall, he did not actually go deep enough into the evidence for and against fluoride to justify his statement.
Would ceasing to artificially fluoridate water be a giant step backward, or would it be a way to keep up with changing times and products?
In a historic moment in 1939, the first public proposal that the US should fluoridate its water supplies was made not by a doctor, or dentist, but by Cox, an industry scientist working for a company threatened by fluoride damage claims and burdened by the odious expense of disposing of tons of toxic industrial waste.
However, since both the State and the City are bankrupt, the actual fluoridation was slowly instituted starting in the north and now funds were being made available to fluoridate water all the way to the San Diego area.
The Water Bill,debated by MPs last night, will allow strategic health authorities to force water companies to fluoridate.
In October 2002, the county's board of health ruled that all 14 water suppliers that serve the county's 238,000 residents must fluoridate their water.
Those observations led health officials to fluoridate water supplies in the first place, says John P.
The following year, six cities opted to fluoridate.
All of these complaints came in before the city actually began to fluoridate.
THE Welsh Government's failure to fluoridate water supplies brings into question its commitment to improving the dental health of the nation, according to the chairman of its advisory body.
The toxic industrial waste used to fluoridate water supplies in the UK is expensive to safely dispose of.