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fluoridate

(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.
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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.
The issues I am required to address concern the power of a local body to fluoridate drinking water supply.
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?
Cox immediately fluoridated some lab rats in a study and concluded that fluoride reduced cavities and that: "The case should be regarded as proved." 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.
In Maine, several local referenda were passed during 1996-2004, authorizing community water systems to fluoridate; as a result, 29 communities gained access to fluoridated water.
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. In 1947, 87 did, including Muskegon.
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.
"In 1995 Yorkshire Water was one of four water companies who refused to fluoridate. The reasons they gave were that their customers did not want them to do so; fluoridation added to the complexity and risk involved in 'water treatment' and the Government would not grant them adequate indemnity.