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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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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.
Lane County's two largest water purveyors, the Eugene Water & Electric Board and the Springfield Utility Board, do not fluoridate their water.
Consequently, there was a shortage of sodium fluoride to fluoridate drinking water.
Karl Bishop, chairman of the Welsh Dental Committee, wrote: "The failure to plan to fluoridate water supplies on account of 'the fact there are small groups of people opposed to it' is abdicating responsibility for a cost effective way of reducing dental caries which is extremely disappointing and questions the WG (Welsh Government) commitment to improving the dental health of the nation.
There are many references to the intention of Hitler to fluoridate the water supplies of the nations conquered by Germany.
Animal studies conducted in the 1990s by EPA scientists found dementia-like effects in animals at the same concentration (1 ppm) used to fluoridate water, while human studies have found adverse effects on IQ at levels as low as 0.
Currently, only Los Angeles, Long Beach and Beverly Hills fluoridate their water.
SIR - Contrary to the impression Elizabeth McDonagh tried to give ("Should we fluoridate our water supply?
Among states with such laws is Mississippi, which requires communities of 2,000 or more people to fluoridate their water systems and encourages fluoridation in smaller communities, said Nicholas Mosca, DDS, dental director of the state department of health.
Water companies have had the power to fluoridate supplies since 1985, but most have not done so for fear of legal action from consumers opposed to it.
In Wales, the Assembly has the devolved power to decide on whether to fluoridate supplies.